Using Zoom to Engage Your Students

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The transition to online learning has many relying on Zoom. In this webinar, Instructional Technology Specialists Professor Chrystal Trapani and Professor Kristin White of Old Dominion University will share strategies you may employ to engage students. Using the whiteboard, screen annotation, polling, chat, and breakout sessions allow you to replicate many face-to-face, synchronous experiences.

Learn to leverage these engagement tools within Zoom to capture your students’ attention and facilitate mastery of course concepts.


Kristin White is an Instructional Technologist with the Center for Learning and Teaching at Old Dominion University; she is the university’s lead Zoom trainer. Kristin has been an integral part of ODU’s transition to remote teaching during COVID-19 and continues to develop and facilitate faculty support on topics including Zoom, Blackboard, VoiceThread, Kaltura, and other instructional technologies via workshops, consultations, videos, and support documentation. While building online interactive activities for faculty, she has noticed the absence of basic accessibility knowledge and does her best to inform and educate others on how to make content accessible to all learners.


Chrystal Trapani is an Instructional Technologist with the Center for Learning and Teaching and an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at Old Dominion University. Chrystal has crafted tech-forward activities in her composition courses for over twelve years. She blends her experience working with first-generation and non-traditional students, curriculum development, creating interactive and accessible online course content, and training and mentoring faculty in order to help them achieve positive student outcomes and success. In working with faculty, she helps her colleagues gain strong, working knowledge of how to make course content successful for students of all learning abilities. Chrystal continues her commitment to teaching so she can share personal classroom experience with faculty.