Tech Recommendations for Virtual Sessions with The Moxy Lab
The Moxy Lab uses Zoom for its virtual sessions. Zoom installs a program (the “client”) on your computer.
We recommend that your computer have an upload and download speed of 3MB/sec, and that your ping (latency) is no slower than 15ms.
If possible, plug into your modem by ethernet. If not, situate your computer as close to your wireless modem as possible.
If you’re having connectivity problems, don’t hesitate to dial in on your phone. Look for the phone number in your Zoom invite. That way, if you’re video fails, we’ll still be able to hear you.
Hardware: Your Computer
We recommend that your computer have 4GB or greater of RAM, the equivalent of an i3 processor, and a processor with at least a dual core.
If you intend to host online, virtual meetings with multiple participants, we recommend your computer have 8GB or greater of RAM, the equivalent of an i3 processor, and if possible a processor with a quad core. In general, as of mid-2020, any computer more than four years old is unlikely to manage multi-participant, online meetings well.
Be sure to test your camera, microphone, and earphones prior to any sessions. Be sure they’re functioning well and clearly. Zoom has, embedded within its program, tools to test audio and visuals ahead of time.
If you plan to regularly hold online sessions, we recommend you research and determine, by your criteria, the best external hardware for your purposes. For holding professional meetings, or webinars, the base hardware of many computers is not enough.
Using the Zoom Window: Best Practice
During our sessions, we like participants to use Side-by-Side Mode, Gallery View, and to give more emphasis to people’s faces and less to slides. Slides are important—we use them to communicate important information—but staying present with one another beats a dog-and-pony slideshow every time.
Here are some guides to setting up Side-by-Side Mode. First, when a Zoom host first shares a slide, your screen will probably look something like this:
Click on your view options:
Select Side-by-Side Mode:
Once you’ve done that, your screen should look a little more like this:
If you hover your mouse roughly between the slide area and the gallery of participants, you’ll see a contextual frame. A bar will appear vertically, and it may look something like this:
You can slide this bar to the right, and you’ll give more emphasis to the slides. Do this if you can’t see a detail, or if you’re having trouble reading the text.
Lastly, you can slide that vertical bar to the left, and it’ll de-emphasize the slide, emphasizing the gallery view instead. This lets you see people’s faces better, and makes it easier (especially in small groups) to really connect and feel as if you’re together in the same room. Try it:
That’s it! Now you’re ready for your virtual sessions with The Moxy Lab. See you in session.