Online Classes Orientation

Participation in live online classes at JNS

Participants are expected to treat online class meetings as if they were attending class in the JNS building, which includes behaving professionally, treating others with courtesy and respect, refraining from using profanity or socially offensive language, wearing appropriate clothing, and avoiding inappropriate surroundings.
Students need to have and use a camera and microphone when attending web-conference class meetings. Students are expected to join from a suitable, quiet location with a device that permits participation in the class activities.

Before you start

Before attending your first Zoom live session, we ask that you complete the following tasks:

  1. Install the Zoom app on your computer, and enter the Zoom classroom test link.
  2. Review our best practices for attending a Zoom classroom live session.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the Zoom platform by reviewing the provided content.

Installing and joining a Zoom meeting

If you have never joined a Zoom meeting before, you will be prompted to download and install a Zoom application the first time you join a meeting.

Here is a short video that walks you through the process of installing Zoom and joining a meeting:

Use the link below to access a test Zoom classroom. Accessing this test Zoom classroom will ensure that you have the Zoom app installed and that your internet connection, speakers, and microphone are all working properly and are compatible with the platform. Click to Join Meeting Test.

Zoom Best Practices

Please take time to familiarize yourself with the Zoom best practices below to help you and your fellow participants have a great experience in each live session:

  • Restart/reboot your computer before the start of your meeting, at least within the prior 24 hours.
  • Ensure you have a fast, stable internet connection. Wired connection is recommended; use wireless only if reliable. This will help ensure your connection does not falter or drop during the meeting. Avoid using any form of free public wi-fi (i.e., coffee shops, hotels, etc.). You can connect with wireless but quality may be poor.
  • Secure a quiet, distraction-free physical location to attend your session.
  • Do not join the session from a cell phone while driving/commuting in a car. 
  • Avoid having more than one computer or device within earshot logged into the same meeting, as it may cause a distracting echo effect for ALL participants in the session.
  • Use a headset, not desktop speakers. This will help to ensure an echo-free meeting environment. Better yet, use a USB media headset which also includes a microphone. Connect it, and install the driver BEFORE entering the online meeting.
  • Tablets may not have all the features that the computer versions of the Zoom app have.
  • If your  audio is not working well, you can try turning your video off.
  • Students who are playing for the instructor should probably have their microphone's "Original Sound turned on" (indicated by the label in the top left corner of the screen "Turn off Original Sound").

Learning Zoom

Below are some Zoom video tutorials that you can watch to familiarize yourself with the platform before your first live session. Take particular note of how to mute and un-mute yourself.