Zoom Norms and Expectations
We believe that we learn best in community, and we organize our classrooms and lessons to reflect that understanding. As St. Paul wrote to the Corinthinians, we are many parts of one body, and each part plays a crucial role – and this metaphor that Paul used to describe the community of the early Church serves as a powerful image for how learning works best. Class discussion and learning is a mutual endeavor in which the group develops, refines, contextualizes, and wrestles with ideas to produce new knowledge and insights together.
Teachers and students co-construct new knowledge and understandings and talk in order to learn rather than display what they already know.
Because we see learning as a communal and cogenerative endeavor, we privilege opportunities for students to engage in collaborative and dialogic learning. This summer in particular, we consider the limited time we have together for synchronous learning to be sacred. As such, we have articulated key norms for that time to honor and protect the sacred learning environment.
God calls us each by name.
○ Ensure your listed name on Zoom is accurate and includes your preferred first name and your last name.
○ Ensure that you are visible in your video screen throughout our time together.
Excellence happens on purpose.
○ Limit distractions for yourself and your peers by logging in to courses on a computer from a
private, quiet space.
○ Interruptions may occur from family, pets, connectivity, etc. If you are encountering something
that would potentially be distracting to your classmates, please stop your video temporarily,
address the interruption, and start your video again. If for some reason, Zoom cuts out, please log in again as soon as possible.
○ If connectivity issues limit your ability to use Zoom, please text the TA and use the call-in
○ Ensure that you are logged in and have necessary materials with you at the start of class.
○ Mute yourself when entering the class and when not speaking to minimize background noise.
Every moment is incarnational and therefore every minute matters.
○ Join the meeting prior to the start of class and troubleshoot any connectivity, audio, or visual
issues so that you are ready to engage promptly when class begins.
○ Come to class thoroughly prepared to engage in the learning. Each lesson is designed assuming each student has done the necessary reading and pre-work ahead of time.
We are made for each other.
○ Be present to the class, to your peers, and to the instruction.
■ Listen actively.
■ Ask probing questions.
■ Focus on the task at hand.
○ Limit any side conversations/chats – with yourself, your peers, and through devices.