[Facnet-l] Question about Zoom policy

Umar Ghuman ughuman at csustan.edu
Thu Aug 13 11:07:24 PDT 2020


I am teaching a graduate seminar that I’m teaching online for the first time, and I wanted to enquire if any faculty that have similar , discussion heavy, seminars and are requiring a “camera on” policy during a synchronous Zoom session. Since my course is heavily discussion and case discussion based, I tend to encourage participation and students voicing informed opinions, and POVs; it’s always been a challenge to try and get them to talk during an in-class session. However I feel it may be even harder to get a discussion going if I’m staring at blank Zoom screens, but students may have issues such as childcare, or lack of access to a camera. Has anyone fashioned a syllabus statement that addresses that and encourages a “Camera-on” policy, and yet (the policy) is mindful of student constraints?  Or should I not even ask for such a requirement?


Umar Ghuman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Co-Director, MPA Program
Director, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Department of Political Science, Public Administration and Leadership Studies
California State University Stanislaus
One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382
 t. 209 667 3682

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