Tonight I participated in my first Zoom Chat. I was not familiar with this tool and were some things that I really liked and some things I did not..
This was the event on Accessibility
My experiences with Zoom
All speakers and participants were featured on the same level. This inclusion made me feel really required to participate – and I had to be logged in and engaged. (This would be different than Firetalk where everyone presenting is at the top and users must use chat)
- I was able to easily mute and unmute myself.
- My internet was not great, but I was easily able to both talk and type.
- Sound was good.
- Every participate was able to screen share – so for teaching it would be good.
I think the Zoom Meeting is a good possible solution for some of our online learning needs. From the participant end it was easy to use and even though I was on a sketchy connection, worked well and was easy to use.
The price was not bad, 14.99 a month to host up to 50 people. Also all chats could be downloaded to be archived.
I spoke with some others who participated and they talked that they found it more reliable than Google Hangouts. Since the talk I was attending was on Accessibility, I wonder if Zoom is more accessible than other tools? and what affordances it offers.
For the Program at OU that is looking for a blended approach, Zoom might be a good solution.