Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

ZOOM in the Classroom Consultations

The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with other Yale units, offers a number of solutions for faculty who need to create synchronous (i.e. real-time or “live”) experiences in support of a class or curriculum.


  • Instructors can engage with students who are not on campus
  • Courses can bring in guest presenters from remote locations
  • Students can collaborate on assignments and projects without being co-located

The main benefit of using an online collaboration tool is the ability to bring instructors and students together online regardless of geography.

For an online course, these tools are used to conduct lectures and discussions in real time. Moderator tools allow instructors to guide online sessions, gather feedback, and manipulate instructional assets and resources as they would in a face-to-face environment.

Other popular uses include online office hours, simulating a walk-in environment, and online student study groups, where students can study and work on project based assignments online.