Asking Students to Turn On Their Web Cameras

As you consider use of web cameras (webcams) in synchronous online teaching, keep the following in mind.


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Please consider the following recommendations:

  • Establish expectations for turning on cameras early on, and explain why.
  • Set norms for synchronous meetings and the use of video cameras.
  • Turning video cameras on should not be mandatory.
  • Have short conferences to have face-to-face with students. Encourage, but do not insist on the use of video camera for discussions, virtual office hours, and consultations.
  • You may ask students to make themselves visible if they are asking/responding to a question; otherwise, use chat.
  • In larger classes, some professors tell students to turn their camers off during lectures.

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