In order to participate in the virtual conference events you will need to use Zoom.   Zoom is the go-to software for video conferencing and video calling.  It has been used by the corporate world for years, but with the recent social distancing needs, it is now being used by many smaller organizations and individuals.


All you need to use Zoom is the following:

  • Computer – Windows or Apple computer with speakers, microphone and webcam. (You can purchase webcams with speakers and microphones to add to your as a USB plug-in, if your computer does not have them.)

                    OR a Mobile Device – Apple or Android

  • An internet connection – either WiFi  or wireless 3G, 4G/LTE, 5G


Although you can join a Zoom meeting without the app, having the app makes joining meetings much easier.  To download the free Zoom app on the device(s) you plan on using,  go to https://zoom.us/download and download the Zoom Client for Meetings.  Do this several days prior to your first class to ensure that you are ready.

Prior to class, be sure your computer/device is fully charged or plugged in.  If possible, use headphones so that your sound is better.  Try to sit facing a light source vs. having your back to the light source. 

Zoom Etiquette

Please realize that this is a new experience for many of us and working/interacting virtually has its own set of difficulties.  Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts to help make your Zoom experience a good one (modified from the University of Scranton academics website).


  • Find a clean, quiet space and dress appropriately.
  • Let all household members know when and where you will be in class and ask them not to disturb you.
  • Be aware of your background, lighting and noise.
  • Mute until you are required to talk.
  • Turn off/silence cell phone and close windows on your computer that you will not be using.
  • Be on time to the class.
  • Pay attention. Maintain eye contact with the speaker on the screen and watch any screen shares
  • Be prepared before you join the class.  Have any materials you will need during the class with you (note taking material, drinks, handouts for the class, handwork).


  • Do not share your zoom access information for your class with others.
  • Do not take screenshots, pictures or otherwise record the meeting, your classmates or instructor without express permission to do so.  Some of our classes may be recorded and made available on Google Drive for a short period after the class.
  • Do not sit in front of a window or bright light as this will make your face too dark to see.
  • Do not have conversations with household members off camera.
  • Do not allow household members to walk around behind you and distract you and others during the class.
  • Do not engage in texting, social media, work for other classes or other distractions while in class.
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