Writing Workshops

-To keep on track, consider keeping a checklist/lesson plan close by and use a timer

-While doing a writing exercise, screen share the prompt or instructions
-During exercises you can also suggest that participants to mute or turn off video to reduce distractions
-Screen share a quote as a discussion topic or reminder.
-After writing exercises, have participants read their work to the group (or in smaller breakout rooms)
-You can end the session with a quick summary of topics for the next week and some homework
-As an option: students can submit a piece of writing before the first session so you can give feedback right away.


Film Workshops

- Screen share video clip and extracts of films (or if the connection is not strong, consider sending the link before the class begins so students can have the video loaded and ready)
-Screen share student work that is created for the class
Screensharing, potentially talking at the same time, allows to create a moment together around watching something, just like in a real life workshop

Audio Workshops


-When you host your workshop on Zoom, click “Share” and then “Advanced Options” and finally “Music or Computer Sound Only”.  Then play audio from whichever program you prefer. 
- If its your first workshop, be sure to practice sound sharing with someone before. I’ve found that the sound levels on the host computer are quieter than for the participants, so you’ll need to have the volume lower than you expect.

Acting Workshops

-Make sure to structure your time well - less with visuals/slides but with a firm lesson plan
-Start with fun exercises that will prime them fo the tasks you’ll be studying.


Visual Art Workshops

-Connect camera/phone on a tripod/clamp to show a detailed view of your drawing samples.

-One way to set up: Have your laptop elevated (on a stack of books or a box) so that the computer  camera frames your face nicely.  Push this laptop back a 20” or so and place your drawing pad in front of you. Then arrange your tripod camera/phone for a good view of your drawing pad. Watch out for distracting shadows across the page from your lights -- it sometimes works well to place the tripod between you and the drawing surface. 

-When it's well set up, the students can see both your face and your drawing surface/hands without seeing the tripod/phone set up.

-The phone can connect to the zoom call as another “participant” and you can rename that participant “Drawing View” or something similar. (Note that when you connect your phone and computer together on zoom - do not connect the phone audio as there is often audio ‘feedback’ between your two devices. This option should come up when you first join the call on your phone.)

-When demonstrating a drawing technique: “Spotlight” the drawing-view camera so everyone can see it in full screen. Simply click on the camera view you want to highlight and select “Spotlight” from the drop-down menu options.