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Curricular Support Tools

Zoom platforms have numerous technological functions and features that faculty may utilize in their teaching to enhance learning and engage participants. These functions and features do not guarantee effective learning, and inappropriate utilization can actually result in negative outcomes.  Use of the below suggetions and knowledge base articles may assist faculty and event leaders in reaching learning and event outcomes as each combines multiple Zoom platform functions & features. 

Interactive curricular support tools allow for the creationion of environments where learning may be accomplished, feedback received and knowledge & understanding is constantly being reviewed, refined and updated.  Keep in mind that not all Zoom features are accessible to all students based upon their technology resources, learning needs and abilities.

The Zoom Support team has created a three minute and five second video that discribes Poll and Quiz Reports which can be watched at

Further information related to Scheduling a Meeting With Registrationi may be found at

The following ideas should be incorporated with moderation to allow for more concise pedagogical discussion and enhanced group engagement.

Engagement: Screen Sharing; Whiteboard; Annotation; Non-verbal Feedback & Emoticons; Polling; Chat (Host); Icebreakers (Spotlight)

Hosts/Presenters may post specific questions within Chat during their presentation to encourage immersive participant interaction on related, non primary issues and information. The use of event registration allows hosts to ask open-ended questions during the registration process for use in determining event content.  Event participants can indicate their knowledge of key concepts, read-ahead requirements, as well as provide additional information that might assist in developing the focus for the event. 

Waiting rooms may be utilized to focus on participants need 1:1, or small group interactions prior to the beginning of class.  While breakout rooms may also accomplish the same opportunity, waiting rooms as be used very effectively for short, concise pre-event conversations to a select number of participants.

Many Zoom functions can be used as ice breaker activities that allow participants to socialize and interact via team-building activities.

Community: Scavenger Hunts; Use of Countdown Timers for activities; Chat (Participants) Gamification

There are several opportunities to utilize Zoom Meeting functions to expand meeting engagements outside the normal event environment.  These might include the use of Polling to determine elements for Scavenger Hunts, Countdown Timers for speed dating (encouraging participants to meet large numbers of different individuals during a brief timeframe) activities within Breakout Rooms, and allow participants to share opinions or questions via chats. Chat conversations allow Hosts to focus on those conversations most important to participants which might not be included within the event outcome goals.

Scavenger hunts present a unique experience for participants to engage in an offline, and or synchronous independent activity, that lead to participants using critical thinking skills to research and analyse possible answers. These answers could be shared during question specific Breakout Rooms that participants visit.

Participants can receive points for attending a session, posting content on social media, filling out a survey, participating in a scavenger hunt or visiting a virtual photo booth, and then see where they are on a leaderboard. It's fun and creates a unique experience.

Participant Registration (Pre-event)

Collaboration: Breakout Room; Annotation; Polling; Immersive View; Shared Applications

Immersive View use can be used to facilitate debates, enhance . 

Presentations: Guest Lecturer's; Virtual Backgrounds; Screen Sharing; Open Mic presentations

Incorporate diverse speakers, breakout rooms that highlight key areas of content, special visual graphics .   Both live and prerecorded SME presentations

Assessment:  Polling; Breakout Room presentation; Peer-to-peer discussion forums; One Minute Papers

Incorporate Polling during the event to formalize, or update, the agenda, as well as obtaining realtime measures of information assimulation and outcome measures.  

Adaptive Learning Tools: Trello; Flip-Grid; Padlet; NearPod; Digital BreakOutEDU

Sync & Async Events (Synchronous & Asynchronous):

A regular Zoom meeting can be used asynchronously with no other participants for the purpose of producing recorded audio, video, and computer content. The recorded file can then be uploaded to Google Drive and shared with others to view at their leisure.  

Large Event Platforms (Meetings &  Webinars):

Use of the below information and process flow will allow UNC Asheville Zoom Meeting account holders to learn about the Zoom Webinar and Large Meeting platforms, how to determine which platform might best meet their Zoom Meeting objectives and the process for scheduling associated Zoom Meeting resources.   Requests for add-on licenses are submitted via a Google form located here.    Click here to review additional information regarding this Zoom Meeting feature

Training Resources:

Further information related to Scheduling a Meeting With Registration may be found at


Additional related knowledge base articles include:

Converting Meeting & Webinar events

Zoom Webinar - Getting Started

Zoom Meeting Platform use to Replicate a Webinar

Resources for assistance or follow-up questions and concerns.

Contact UNC Asheville's Information Technology IT Service Desk for assistance in implementing the above described services and support.  Email: or by calling 828.251.6445

Contact UNC Asheville's Center for Teaching and Learning unit for pedagogy and teaching strategies regarding this knowledge base article.  Email: or by calling 828.251.6540

Use the Zoom Video Communication system knowledge base for Zoom meeting specific support questions or concerns.

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