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This post is written by 5th year Occupational Therapy student and Career Development Peer Editor Allison Green.


5th Year Occupational Therapy Student Allison Mardi


I know everyone is excited to be back on campus and to finish off this challenging yet exciting semester. It is great to be back in person to see friends and staff. It is also great to continue to be safe and have some online classes. The transition between both can be challenging to adjust to and to remember proper zoom etiquette.


Here are some tips and reminders on how to remain professional on Zoom:


  • Remember to set your Zoom name as your full first and last name as listed on your class roster.
  • It is important to leave your camera on throughout the class or meeting to show the professor you are engaged.
  • If you have to leave your Zoom space remember to turn your camera off to not distract others and protect your privacy.
  • Check to make sure your lighting allows your face to be seen and that there are no distractions on the background.
  • Mute your microphone when you are not talking and then remember to unmute when you have a comment.
  • Before Zooming, make sure your outfit is school (or interview) appropriate. Ask yourself, "Would I wear this to an in-person class or job interview?". If the answer is yes, then you're ready to Zoom.
  • Only use the chat feature and reactions to answer questions, contribute to the discussion, or share class related materials.
  • Instead of interrupting conversations between classmates or lectures from the professor, utilize the raise hand feature either under participants or under reactions.


Following all these Zoom etiquette tips will keep all of at the Vern looking professional and end this semester on a high note.

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