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  1. How to link a Zoom account with Acadly to teach online

  2. How to delink a Zoom account from Acadly

Acadly helps professors make lectures interactive in both face-to-face as well as online classes. Using rich activities like polls, quizzes, word clouds, discussions, and videos, faculty can make the lecture experience engaging for their class. The key difference between the face-to-face and online modalities is that in the latter, professors need a way to deliver the lecture in addition to sharing activities.

In online classes, Acadly can help you teach using a single-screen interface with our Zoom integration that adds video-conferencing to Acadly. Here's a quick demo of Acadly with Zoom integration:

Demo video: Acadly with Zoom integration

This article helps you understand how to teach using Acadly during a lecture. Please refer to the tutorials listed at the beginning of this article for further details on how to use Acadly with Zoom.

Please note that this article assumes that you have already linked a Zoom account with Acadly. If you have not yet done so, please follow the process described in this Help Center article to link a Zoom account with Acadly.

Teaching using Acadly with Zoom integration

Here's the process you need to follow to teach an online class with Zoom integration using Acadly.

1. Make sure that the lecture you want to teach has been added as an online lecture/ class meeting

While creating a lecture, make sure that you select the "This class is online" option.

How to create online class meetings on Acadly

2. Click on an upcoming class meeting to visit the lecture/ class page

15 minutes before the scheduled class start time, on the class meeting page, you will start seeing an option to "Create Online Meeting", as shown below.

Create Online Meeting option on the Class Page

Note: If you have not yet linked your Zoom account with Acadly, this button will read "Authorize and Create Online Meeting" as explained here.

3. The Zoom meeting will be created, and to start the meeting, you will be prompted to Launch the Zoom App installed on your desktop

Launch Zoom Option on the Class Page

Upon clicking the "Launch Zoom" button, you will be prompted by the browser for permission to do open the Zoom app.

Browser prompt seeking permission to launch the Zoom app

4. The Zoom app will now launch and you will be prompted to Join Audio

Please click the "Join With Computer Audio" option in the Zoom app, as shown below.

Join with Computer Audio option

At this point, while the meeting would have been created, students won't be able to view your video transmission.

5. Verify that your video is being transmitted.

At this stage, your camera would turn on and you would be able to see yourself in the Zoom app.

6. "Start the Class" on Acadly, and "Start Broadcast" to begin the video transmission

When it's the scheduled class start time, you will be able to "START THE CLASS" on Acadly. This pop-up will appear automatically. If it does not, tap the "START" button on the Class page and this pop-up will appear. At this point, the START BROADCAST option will become active.

Start Broadcast option on Acadly

Once you click "START BROADCAST", the video transmission will begin on the students' end.

As shown below, a confirmation will be shown at this time to confirm that the broadcast is being transmitted to students.

Confirmation shown to professor after broadcast begins

Now, your broadcast is on, and you can start teaching. At any point, if you wish to end the video transmission, you can click the "END" button and the students will stop seeing your video.

Notes

  • Video controls such as turning the camera on/off will be available in the Zoom app.

  • You can also use the screen-sharing and whiteboard features via the Zoom app.

  • When the broadcast is ended on Acadly, the Zoom meeting would still be open. You can end the Zoom meeting via the Zoom app.

Student-side experience

To join your online lecture, all that the student needs to do is click on the Class meeting on the timeline and "Check In" to the class.

1. Find the current lecture on the timeline

On the timeline, the currently ongoing lecture will be highlighted as shown below. This is a screenshot of a student's view of the course timeline. To join an ongoing lecture, the student needs to click on the ongoing lecture.

Student view of the Course Timeline. Ongoing lectures are highlighted as shown.

2. To join the lecture, the student will be prompted to "Check In" to the class

Check-ins are recorded by Acadly for the professor's reference and these can be exported later, if required.

Check In prompt shown to students

3. Now, the student will become a meeting attendee

The student will now be able to view your audio and video. You will find the student's name (as registered on Acadly) listed among the meeting participants in the Zoom plugin.

Student view after they join your meeting

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