See a Participant View of Zoom

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It can be useful to see Zoom as your students do – this makes it easier to know what they are likely seeing at there end and provide guidance and instructions. This article shows how Zooms looks from a participant’s perspective.

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Before entering the class

Student View of a Waiting Room

When a student attempts to enter a class that has a waiting room, they will be presented with a entrance screen similar to below:

Example a Zoom waiting room message shown to students

Within the class

Student View Controls

Students have a similar set of controls as the presenter. While the specific options vary depending on any features that you may have disabled from within Zoom settings, controls that they are unlikely to see are the following options:

  • Video Recording Options
  • Security Options
  • Closed Captions Options
  • Breakout Room Options

If you have disabled the chat or screen share options students may not see these buttons either. 

Student view of a Zoom meeting and meeting controls

Breakout Room

Student View of a Breakout Invitation

When a student is invited to a breakout room, they will see the following information. 

Notification of invitation to join a breakout room

Upon clicking the join button the following confirmation will momentarily display as the meeting transitions to the breakout room

Transition to a breakout room from he main session

Student View of Breakout Room Controls

Within the breakout room, the same options are available to students as are shown on the main screen. The blue ‘Leave Room’ button in the bottom right corner allows students to leave the room and return to the main room. 

While in the breakout room, students are able to click the ‘Ask for Help’ button, which will send a notification to the host that the student requires assistance.

Student View of the Message Closing Breakout Room

When you announce to students that breakout rooms will be closing, they are presented with a countdown message similar to below, providing them the option to return to the main room before they are automatically redirected at the end of the time period. 

Notification that the breakout rooms will close

Similar to the transition between the main room and the breakout, students are presented with a transition page as they return to the main room. 

Transition to the main session from a breakout room

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