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Bad admin Zoom setting

Posted on: March 27, 2020

Before I started using Zoom, I tested it by creating dummy sessions. It was then that I raised questions about odd default administrative settings.

By conducting dry and actual runs with my class, found answers to most of my questions. However, I also discovered one bad setting. This was the default deactivation of participants’ video and audio after returning from breakout rooms.

The default setting of initially muting audio and video is like walking into a classroom blindfolded and wearing earplugs. Thankfully each user can undo this manually so that we see and hear each other.

However, if I break a class up into smaller groups and then return everyone to a class discussion, everyone’s video and audio turns off again. I was not aware of this and one participant had to ask me to unmute my mic.

Who operates a class with constant blindfolding and earplugging? Again this is a reminder that administrators rarely understand or empathise with pedagogues.

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