Zoom for Learning

Zoom is more than a video conferencing platform. It offers some features, such as breakout rooms, polls, and whiteboards, which facilitate good pedagogical practicess.

Breakout Rooms

Spaces where students can work in groups with their peers. Breakout room participants can be assigned in advance or created on the fly by number of groups or number of participants. Instructors can drop in on breakout room conversations.


Frequent interactions can help sustain engagement in online learning environments. Polls also help activate recall which helps learning.


Zoom's whiteboard is a shared space where everyone can collaboratively draw or annotate.


For information on how to use these tools in your classes, explore the Zoom resources on VIRTL.