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Zooming to Infinity and Beyond: Using Zoom in Innovative and Experimental Ways

60 minutes
Oral Presentation

Zoom is traditionally marketed as a standard web-conferencing tool akin to Skype. We have leveraged Zoom's flexibility to use it as a lecture capture tool, projector substitute, active learning accelerator and as a bridge for other technology, including AR/VR, iPads, and more. This session will focus on both the practical how-to side of using Zoom in these ways, as well as discussing the pedagogy behind these experimental applications in education. Though some of these innovative uses require a paid Zoom account, most are possible with the free basic Zoom account, making them accessible for everyone. A portion of the session will also be dedicated to discussing the Macgyver Mindset of transforming and adapting tools to improve pedagogy. Participants will understand how to adapt the free Zoom software to perform tasks that otherwise require paid software. Participants will be inspired to tinker and experiment with new ways of using existing technologies in nontraditional ways. Participants will be able to explore other nontraditional technology adaptations.

Topic Area(s): Accessible & Inclusive Technologies; Adaptive & Personalized Learning; Content Authoring Tools; Digital Learning Resources; Effective Teaching Practices; Learner Engagement Strategies; Mobile Learning; Online & Hybrid Learning; Open Education Resources


Eric Mistry is the Instructional Technologist and Digital Media Specialist at the College of St. Scholastica. He has dedicated himself to integrating the best pedagogy with innovative technologies. His specialty is developing low-cost but high-impact alternatives to expensive technologies. He focuses on digital media, virtual/augmented reality, video production, and digital portfolio design.