Topic 3: Overcoming unwillingness to turn cameras on

Unwillingness to turn cameras on causes much discomfort for all remote learning participants and disrupts the learning process. Studies have highlighted that proper use of video cameras in synchronous distant learning provides room for intimacy and immediacy, leading to higher teacher–learner social presence and proper dialogue.

1. Root your request to turn on cameras in the language of community, not compliance.

2. Build relationships with students focused on trust.

3. Survey students.

4. Be empathetic.

5. Admit a few students before class starts. “Arrive” to class early and admit 1–4 students for a small group check-in.

6. Use Zoom features.

7. Brainstorm camera use expectations with your students.

8. Allow students to show only a portion of themselves.

9. Let students submit a prerecorded video.

10. Use icebreakers/play games/visually vote.

Source and further reading: Loya, L. B. (2021, spring). Ten ways to get students to turn on their cameras. Ed. Harward Magazine. https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/ed/21/05/lights-camera-uh-camera-hello-action