How to Take an Online Class
We are all staying home these days to help contain COVID19. The Alliance Française currently operates from a virtual office and will offer online classes for the foreseeable future.
Taking Online Classes with Zoom
Zoom is a video conferencing application (like Skype or FaceTime) that is available for free. The Alliance Française uses Zoom for online classes, so you will need a Zoom account and the application to take a class.
Sign up for a free Zoom account at https://zoom.us/freesignup/ (you do not need a paid account) and download the Zoom application onto your device (PC, Mac, iPad, smartphone, etc.) Remember to keep your login information handy.
You can test Zoom on your device at http://zoom.us/test
How to Join an Online Class
Before your class, you will receive an email containing a link to the Zoom meeting for your particular class. When the time for your class comes, simply click on that link, and click to start Zoom.
Alternatively, the above email will also contain the Zoom meeting ID and password. You may first start the Zoom application, then join the meeting by entering the meeting ID and password.
Note: When prompted to do so, choose to “Join Video” and “Join Audio” on your system (PC, Mac, smartphone, etc. Exact wording of prompts varies by type of device.
- If you're new to online classes, try a test log in a day before before your first class so you have sufficient time to get help from the office if you need it. Be well-prepared and relaxed for your first class.
- Wear a headset or earbuds with a mic. This will enable you to hear better and be heard. Wearing earbuds also reduced feedback and echo coming through your device's microphone.
- Mute your mic when you're not talking! On a PC or Mac, you can temporarily unmute your mic during class by holding down the space bar to speak.
- Minimize background noise in your room before you start class (turn off the radio, feed the cat, etc.)
- Make sure people can see you! Do not sit in front of a bright window if possible and use the overhead light and/or add a lamp that will illuminate your face.
- Hold a Zoom visit with a friend or classmate. Give each other feedback on how visible your face is on camera.
To Learn More about Zoom
The Zoom site has extensive resources for users such as this guide to joining a meeting:
You might also enjoy this Wikihow article:
Tips for using Zoom:
Useful for Zoom troubleshooting:
How to Access Your Online Class
Accounts for Online Learning: Google Classroom and Zoom
Summer term group courses will meet online using the Google Classroom learning platform. To utilize the video-conferencing portion of Google Classroom, students will need to first sign-up for a free Zoom account. (Private classes and French à la carte workshops just use Zoom.)
To access your class in Google Classroom:
You will need to set up a Google Classroom account if you do not already have a Google account (if you have gmail, you have a Google account.) If you don't have a Google account, follow the procedure at #3 immediately below.
Signing into your Google Classroom:
1. Using your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) navigate to https://classroom.google.com
2. If you have a Google account (gmail), just sign in with your gmail password.
3. If you do not have Google account, watch this video to access the classroom with your non-gmail email: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=68&v=zCqwezreXSs&feature=emb_logo
Please do a test sign-in to your Google Classroom a day or two in advance of your scheduled class. Give yourself time to make sure you are set with video & audio connections and comfortable with the sign-in process. Please contact the office if you need any assistance. Contact our support desk at email@example.com for access-related issues.
When you log in to Classroom:
1. If you see the message "Class Not Found," contact the office ASAP.
2. If your sign-in is successful, you will see the name of the class you are enrolled in. Click on the class name. You will then see this screen:
You will see “Stream” on the landing page; "Stream" is where you find all the class announcements and posts. You can interact with your classmates by writing in the box “Share something with your class.” When your teacher and classmates sign-in to Classroom, they will be able to see your message. “Classwork” is the place where your teacher will keep all the documents for this class. You'll see the class list of students and the teacher’s name under “People.”
3. In order to join Zoom from your Classroom, go to “Classwork” and click on the link “Click here to join your class” or “Zoom link to join your class.” (Your teacher might use slightly different language for those links.) Your Zoom meeting ID and password will also be marked right under your class name.
If you have questions or need help, call us at 503.228.8388 or contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org for help with online issues.