Yes, we use the same course materials for our online and on campus courses. You can stop by the UCT to get your course materials. Make sure to check when that is possible for your course..
You need a computer with a stable internet connection, a camera and a microphone. The microphone of your computer/laptop is enough but with in-ears or headphones (with built-in microphone), you are able to limit background noise. It is not possible to follow an online class from a smartphone or a tablet. Our classes are interactive and we expect course participants to be able to participate in interactive exercises while the camera stays on.
We use Zoom as the platform for our online courses.
You will find more info on how to install Zoom below.
1. Install the Zoom Desktop Client on your desktop.
Go to Zoom.us/download.
Make sure to use the newest version of Chrome, Firefox or Edge.
2. Click on the output file ZoominstallerFull.exe.
You will receive a message when the installation process was completed successfully.
3. Click on ‘Sign up’ to create an account.
4. Choose a free basic account.
Register with your UGent or personal email address.
1. Start your laptop at least 10 minutes before your class starts.
2. The teacher will give you the necessary instructions via UFORA.
Check your teacher’s announcement via UFORA.
This can be done in one of two ways:
You can check our UFORA page for more information.
3. With the Zoom details for your teacher, you can participate in the online class. This can be done in one of two ways:
If you want to make sure that the teacher’s screens remains visible, you can pin the video. Click on the 3 dots at the top right corner of the screen and select ‘pin video’.
If you want to make sure that the teacher’s video and presentation appear side-to-side, you can click on ‘view options’ and then ‘side-by-side mode’. Now you can change the size of the presentation and the video image by moving the middle line.
If you want to switch your microphone on or off, you can click on the microphone icon to select ‘mute/unmute’. You can do the same for your video by clicking on the video icon to ‘start/stop video’. Don’t forget that everybody can hear/see you if your camera and/or microphone is switched on.
You can do this in one of two ways. You can ask the question via the chat or by virtually raising your hand, which can be done by clicking on ‘reactions’ and ‘raise hand’ at the bottom of the screen. The teacher will then see that you want to ask a question and let you know when that is possible. Don’t forget to switch on your microphone when you want to ask a question. Wait 2 seconds before asking your question. Talk slowly and clearly. Switch off your microphone afterwards.
During a class, your teacher can divide the class into smaller groups, e.g. to discuss, find an answer to a question, etc. This can be done in the so-called breakout rooms. You will see an invitation on your screen to join.
At the bottom of the breakout room screen, you will see different options. You can chat and ask for help for example. This button can be used to call your teacher in case there is a problem or doubt.
You will get a warning when the breakout rooms close and you will return to the main session.