Faculty & Staff

Summer 2020 Scholarship Academy

Faculty who are relatively new to Cal Poly and currently establishing their scholarship are encouraged to register for this virtual workshop series. Visit the Scholarship Academy webpage for more information.

Workshops on using ZOOM for Video Conferencing (Prerecorded)

by George Kao

(YouTube, external resource)

by Gary Perks and Bridget Benson, 03/18, 2020

Tips for Improving Your ZOOM Experience

In general: 

  • Wired connections are better than wireless (WiFi or mobile data) connections. 
  • WiFi connections are better than mobile (3G/4G/LTE) connections. 

Virtual backgrounds put an extra load on the video card and internet speed that may slow your computer.

When your microphone is on, ZOOM will devote part of your Internet connection to an audio stream for you, even if you are not speaking. Mute your microphone when you do not need it, and you will allow ZOOM to use your Internet connection more effectively. 

If it’s alright with the meeting instructor or moderator, start your video only when you need to show yourself on webcam, and stop your video when it isn’t needed.

Sending high definition (HD) webcam video requires more bandwidth than sending non-HD. Disabling HD video will free up more of your Internet connection for other parts of your ZOOM meeting. 

ZOOM meetings can demand significant memory and processing power from your computer. Closing other applications, ones you do not need during the session, will help ZOOM run better. 

Don’t start other bandwidth-intensive activities just before, or during, a ZOOM meeting. On your ZOOM device—and as much as possible, on other computers and devices that share your Internet connection.

Source: Cal Poly CENG ITS

Download a printable, Word version of this guide (Cal Poly login required).

Resources from CTLT

ZOOM and Virtual Instruction

Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) supports faculty virtual learning spaces.

Comprehensive guide on the video conferencing software application ZOOM, including the latest app updates.

Learn about best practices for ZOOM security and preventing “Zoom-bombing” or unauthorized user access to ZOOM meetings.

Also see Latest ZOOM Security Updates (PDF)

Step-by-step video guide on using waiting rooms for your ZOOM meetings.

Faculty experienced with tools and techniques for effective virtual instruction.

Instructor training workshops on LockDown Monitor (online proctoring tool).

Canvas

Cal Poly’s Learning Management System (LMS).

Self-enroll into the self-paced Cal Poly Canvas Orientation course (Spring 2020).

Self-paced guides on using the Canvas LMS, including video tutorials, migrating from PolyLearn, and course accessibility guidelines.

Screencast-O-Matic

Self-paced guide on screen recording web application for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks.

Complete webinar schedule. No registration required.

Sign up for an individual consultation with Luanne Fose via Calendly about Screencast-O-Matic.

Individual Consultations

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) team offers individual consultations on a variety of topics. Visit the CTLT Website to schedule a consultation.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the Cal Poly Basic Needs Task Force anticipates that students will need help with basic needs resources more than ever. Therefore, the Task Force has created an E-Packet to assist instructors and staff in directing students to basic needs resources.

Reserve a Room

Please visit the CENG Facilities & Room Reservations webpage for availability calendars and reservations.

Check out the Roadmap for Fall 2020 page for information on how to navigate the Fall 2020 quarter during the COVID-19 pandemic, for both those on campus and/or working remotely. The page will be regularly updated with news and resources. 

For expenditure approval requests of $7,500.00 and above, please complete the following form (Cal Poly login required):

Coronavirus Update and Resources