Tips for Participating in Online Classes

We recognize that participating in group classes online can be a new experience for many people. We created this list of tips to support your experience in our online program.

Zoom Information

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with Zoom before your class begins. It is useful to know how to turn your camera on/off, how to mute and unmute yourself, how to use the chat feature, and how to use the electronic hand raising feature. 

Technology Requirements

This course requires either a computer, smart phone, tablet, or any device with access to the internet. You will need to use either a microphone or dial the call-in number on your phone. You can access Zoom through your web browser or through the Zoom application which can be downloaded onto your device. If you use the Zoom application, please ensure that you have the newest version.

Camera Use

Using a webcam can be helpful in being full present during your course and in creating a sense of community and connection among participants. For this reason, it is ideal if you can leave your camera on during group discussions. You may also have your camera on during guided mindfulness and reflective practices or, if you prefer, turn the camera off during these parts of class. Having your camera on during at least some of the class will help you be present and allow greater connection with other participants.

Chat Feature

Zoom’s chat feature is an interactive tool which can be used for asking and responding to questions. This feature allows participants to send messages to the entire class as well as a private message to the facilitators (referred to as “hosts” in Zoom). For security and confidentiality purposes, the University of Washington default settings disable the ability to privately message other participants or save the chat box.


In order to protect participants’ privacy and create an environment of confidentiality, the Center for Child and Family Well-Being will not record and save courses, sessions or workshops. Public lectures will be recorded and published online. In the event of a lecture or other special exception to this rule, participants will be notified before joining the Zoom session and will have the option to opt out of participation.