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Law Student Guide to Learning Remotely

This guide is intended to introduce you to material and resources that may help you when class is being taught remotely.

What Is WebEx?

WebEx is a web conferencing tool that allows you to meet and collaborate with faculty and students from anywhere in the world. University of Cincinnati provides WebEx to students, faculty, and staff. Your professor may be using WebEx to teach remotely. You can also use WebEx to meet with other students.

  • Your professor can host meetings with up to 1,000 participants
  • Students can host meetings with up to 8 participants

Using WebEx for Classes

Things to Do Before Your First WebEx Meeting

  • Practice! Practice using WebEx before you go live with your class.
  • Check your equipment and have a backup plan.
    • The 3 most common technical issues with any web conferencing software are:
      • Participants can’t see
      • Participants can’t hear
      • Background noise & mic feedback
    • Build in time for testing your equipment before each session.
      • If using a webcam, preview what the webcam is showing.
      • Make sure you have any files you want to share accessible ahead of time on the same computer that you will be using for the WebEx meeting.
        • If your presentation is visually dense or contains video, consider distributing it to participants in advance.
      • Make sure your sound is working.
      • Make sure your microphone is working.
        • Often a headset with a microphone provides better sound quality than a computer or webcam microphone.

Things to Do During Your Meeting

  • Give everyone a few minutes at the start of the meeting to get settled.
  • Mute yourself when not speaking. This cuts down on feedback and background noise.
  • If your instructor does not require you to use your webcamera, turn off video and just use audio. Video can cause lag and technical difficulties.
  • If you are unable to join by computer due to access or technical issues, you can join by phone.
  • When you ask a question or request information, allow time for slightly delayed responses because the system may experience slight transmission delays.
  • Direct your questions to a specific individual rather than to everyone. If you direct a question to everyone, you might get multiple people trying to answer at one time which can get very confusing.

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