Taking Questions from Students

Because you will likely have a mix of in-person and at-distance students it will be important to consider how you will allow everyone an opportunity to ask questions.

At Distance Students

Students who are attending via Zoom or Teams can take advantage of the “raise hands” feature to indicate they have a question. If you have a student volunteer monitoring the chat, they can assist in bringing questions or feedback to your attention.

Student View in Zoom

A student may “raise their hand ” by opening the Participants pane

And then clicking the Raise Hand icon.

A student clicks Raise Hand to indicate they would like to ask a question

Faculty View

The instructor or student moderator can then see who has raised their hand from the Participants pane.

The faculty can then address the student and prompt them to ask their question. If necessary, an instructor can right click on a student name and prompt them to unmute their microphone or turn on video.

Student view of prompt to enable video

In Person Students

If you take a question from an in-person student, you’ll want to make sure everyone understands the question that was asked before answering.

  • If the student is connected to your online meeting from a laptop and headset in the classroom, ask them to unmute themselves before asking a question so that at distance students can see and hear them.
  • If at-distance students are not able to hear the student, make sure that you restate the question before answering.

Text-based questions

Students can use the in-meeting chat to ask questions from any location without interrupting the flow of lecture.

To ask a question, a student would click Chat to open the chat.

Then add their message. This is also an easy way to share files.

Note that as the host of the meeting the instructor can set up some ground rules about how chats work by clicking the .

Default settings for chats can be modified by visiting your Zoom profile.