Road@Home, Road to California’s premiere online quilt show will be utilizing the video-conferencing network, Zoom, to broadcast its show to attendees all over the world. Road is recommending all attendees get familiar with using Zoom before Road@Home starts on January 23, 2021.
What is Zoom
Zoom was founded in 2011 as a cloud-based, online chat service. In just four years, Zoom’s video-conferencing product went from being a “scrappy upstart company” to being used by tens of millions of people all around the world. Earlier in 2020, Zoom saw a significant global increase in usage due to the introduction of quarantine measures adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By using the Zoom platform, Road to California can provide a quality quilt show experience to anyone, anywhere in the world.
Road wants everyone attending Road@Home to have the best experience possible. That is why it has developed “common sense guidelines” on how to use Zoom during the Show:
1. Before the Show
● To avoid technical issues, Road to California recommends having multiple devices (Computer, Tablet and Phone) and two separate internet connections (home line and cellular) to ensure that if one drops you will still be able to be in class.
● Come to class prepared with fabric cut or other pre-class work completed.
● Sharing the room number or password to anyone is prohibited. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. Only those individuals who have paid for the class will be permitted to remain. Road will be using the waiting room function. Only registered participants will be able to enter the class.
2. During Your Class
● Be on time. Teachers will not be starting over or reteaching to late comers. No refunds will be given to late attendees.
● Cameras must be active and on during the entire class.
● Only one student per registration per device camera. Anyone caught with multiple people on a camera with a single registration, will be removed from the Zoom class and will not be eligible for a refund.
● Because all participants can be seen during the class, students are urged to dress appropriately. Casual attire “like you would to a grocery store” is suggested.
● To prevent outside disruptions, microphones must be muted unless when asking a question.
● The chat function will be enabled during the class to communicate with the teacher.
● Teachers will only be teaching what is listed in the class description.
● Recording or use of photography during a class is prohibited.
One way to become familiar with participating in a Zoom Meeting, is to take advantage of Live Training Webinars offered by Zoom. By scheduling in advance, participants can get up to speed with Zoom in less than an hour.
Prior to the start of Road@Home, Road to California will be offering its own Zoom Information Session as well as provide handouts on how to use Zoom. Road highly recommends that all guests use these tools to insure a positive online quilt class experience.
Twenty-first Century technology has enabled Road to California to continue to offer its Best in the West quilt show during unprecedented times. Everyone working together to observe common courtesy during the Zoom classes will ensure a great experience for everyone.