Important: Instructions and Details On How to Join Live Class Sessions for Upcoming Online Courses

As previously stated, our Spring 2019 TTJ Courses are about to begin. To review, the Voiceover In and Out course will begin next Tuesday, January 22 and will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 3PM-5PM Eastern Time. The iPad For All Computing course will begin April 16 and will also run every Tuesday and Thursday – ending May 23. Below you will find important information regarding how to join live sessions, general policies and procedures, and more – including the Join Link and Meeting ID. Please read all of the information contained in this post if you are enrolled in any of our TTJ courses

Live Session Meeting Times:

All live sessions for both the Voiceover course and the iPad course wil begin at 3:00PM and will run approximately two hours. Remember, this is 3PM Eastern, so please adjust accordingly. For example, if you will be joining us from California, your join time would actually be 12 Noon Pecific Time. Chicago students would join at 2PM Central. If for any reason at all, you are unable to arrive at the start of class, or if you need to leave early, this is no problem at all. We understand that scheduling conflicts and other obligations can arise, so please feel free to join whenever you can. Also, please note that as the meeting host, I must open the meetings at the beginning of each session. I will generally do so between two and five minutes prior to the 3PM session start time, though on the first day of each course I will arrive ten to 15 minutes early. Until I do arrive, the meetings will not be open. Students are free to join, even prior to the host opening the meetings, however you will not be able to communicate with other students until the meetings are open. Again, if you arrive earlier than the host, you will not hear anyone talking, and no one will hear you. This is normal. Do not be alarmed. Audio will begin working as soon as the meeting is officially open.

Basic Joining Instructions and App Details:

As mentioned in prior posts, we will be using the Zoom Cloud Meetings platform to conduct all live sessions. An audio overview was released yesterday to demonstrate use of the Zoom Cloud Meetings app for iOS with Voiceover. If you did not receive email notification of the post containing that audio demo, please explore the blog to find it and listen. In short, Zoom is a video conferencing platform. Students may join by downloading the free Zoom app on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. You may also join Zoom meetings from the Zoom website using a Mac or PC.

The basic procedure requires you to join the Zoom sessions, also known as meetings, in one of two ways. You may use the direct join link provided below, or you may open the Zoom app yourself, then manually enter the Meeting ID to join. Please note that the meeting ID will remain the same for all sessions in both courses. You read that right. The meeting ID for the Voiceover course will be exactly the same as the meeting ID for the iPad course. Similarly, the Join Link will be the same for all sessions in both courses. Please save the Join Link and meeting ID for your benefit. Remember, you only need to use one or the other – the link or the meeting ID. Both will be provided below.

Before joining our first session, we strongly recommend that you launch the Zoom app and create a free account. Doing so will enable you to save settings, thus making it easier for you to join future meetings. The first time you actually join a live session from an iOS device, you will need to grant microphone access to the Zoom app. Just follow the prompts to do so. If you accidentally make the wrong choice, you can manually grant mic access to Zoom from Settings, Privacy, and Microphone.

Whenever you join a session, you will be asked how you wish to connect to the meeting audio. Only one option will be available. That option is, “Call Using Internet Audio”. Choose this option to be immediately connected to the meeting. If you have a free Zoom account, you can access Settings within the Zoom app, and make Internet Audio, also called Device Audio, the default option, therefore not having to make this selection every time you join a meeting. Internet Audio, or Device Audio, uses an internet connection – Wi-Fi or Cellular, to connect you to the meetings. By default, your audio will be turned on when you join, but your video will be disabled. You do have the option of enabling video if you wish to do so, but we do not require it.

Once in the live sessions, you always have the option of muting and unmuting your audio as you see fit. Further details will be provided below. You also have the option of starting and stopping your video, leaving the meeting, and more.

Things to Consider:

At the start of each session, all audio will be unmuted. We would ask you to please leave your audio unmuted at first, so that we may all greet one another and ensure that everything is working properly. When it is time to begin teaching, all participant audio will be automatically muted, so that only the host or teacher can be heard. However, should you have any questions during the teaching, please feel free to unmute your audio, ask your question, and then mute yourself again. As we have an extremely large number of students in these courses, we are likely to hear differences in audio quality etc. the following tips should be kept in mind and can be quite helpful to everyone taking the courses:

Be conscious of your environment, your environment, and your activity. When you are unmuted, think about what sounds are heard around you, such as TV or music, loud voices, animals, conversation, etc. trying to minimize these noises will help you and other participants in the course.

Please use a headset of some sort if possible. Though not required, it can help by eliminating the sound of your screen reader for other students.

If you do not have a headset available, please keep your screen reader volume low. We know you may need it, but please just keep it soft.

Conversely, please be kind and patient with everyone. Please try to tolerate audio issues as much as you can, because bringing up every single issue you hear will only interrupt the flow of the course and will perhaps make other students feel uncomfortable. There is no way of avoiding some audio discrepancies, simply due to differences in equipment used, connection speed and quality, and other factors. Some participant voices will be louder or softer than others, some may sound a bit muffled, and you may hear the occasional background noises that would be common in actual in-person live classroom environments as well. Keep in mind that as the host, we hear the same things you are hearing. If we feel that an audio problem is extremely challenging and warrants pausing the teaching to solve, we will do so. Please do not assume the role of policing everyone else in the course. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Zoom Join Link and Meeting ID:

To join the Zoom live sessions, please use This Link, or copy and paste the following URL:

Https://zoom.us/j/3116952583

Alternatively, you may open the Zoom app, tap Join, then enter the following meeting ID:

3116952583

Remember, this link and ID will be the same for both courses and for all sessions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to Get In Touch. We look forward to working with you beginning next week.:)

3 thoughts on “Important: Instructions and Details On How to Join Live Class Sessions for Upcoming Online Courses”

  1. Hello,

    I’m a little lost as all this is new for me. I don’t know how to download anything to my iPone 6S, so I downloaded the Zoom to my Windows pc, but I don’t know where to create a free Zoom account. Also, I have iTunes in my pc, which I use to sync my iPhone, but I never heard about iTunes U. Is this the same iTunes that I have? Thank you for your help, Rena

    1. Hi Rena, you won’t really need to create a Zoom account to join from a PC, and I’m not sure there is any benefit to doing so. You can just join with the link provided. iTunes U is an app for your iPhone or iPad. All of the materials we will distribute through iTunes U will also be available on the blog, so no worries there. Please contact me via the Contact Form or by calling me at 814-287-9178 if you have any questions at all, and I’ll be happy to walk you through getting set up, or we can even try a test Zoom meeting to make sure things are working for you. That way you’ll feel more confident about the process before Tuesday. Take care.:)

  2. I registered for the class, but have decided since we are on vacation in Grenada for the next month, I would rather wait until a time when we are at home. Hope to do it in the future. Thank you. Janet Winkelbauer

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