ACMC Virtual Rules & Expectations
ALWAYS be on time for class!
Just like in-person classes, showing up on time to class is expected and shows mutual respect for everyone’s time. Arriving late disrupts class and no one wants to be ‘that guy or gal’. You should be logged into Zoom (or Upbeat if using) a few minutes prior to class to ensure your video and microphone are set up correctly. Instructors will invite you into class from the waiting room if using Zoom.
Clothing is NOT optional.
Remember that, even though you may be alone at home, your instructors and peers can SEE you! Make sure that you are presenting yourself in the best possible light. Put on a clean shirt. Run a brush through your hair. Brush your teeth. We all thank you in advance!
Eat before class.
If you’re hungry, eat, BUT not during class! If you can’t share, we don’t want to see you chomping away.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Instructors and peers can also see BEHIND you. Make sure that there is nothing in the background (traffic, other people, a pile of laundry) that may distract from the class. Find a distraction-free, quiet environment. Keep in mind lighting and make sure we can always see your face during class.
Mute is your friend.
Once you log into class, be sure to mute your microphone (lower left-hand corner) unless your instructor says otherwise. This will help eliminate background noise that could distract others.
Raise your hand and wait to be called upon.
If you wish to speak (Yes!!), either physically raise your hand or use the ‘Raise Hand’ button at the center of the bottom of your screen (Zoom) or speak after the person speaking has finished. You can also use the chat feature but instructors may not see it right away. Once you’re called on, unmute yourself and begin speaking. When you have finished speaking, indicate you are done by saying something like “That’s all” or “Thank you” and then mute your microphone again.
If you don’t have anything nice to say…
The chat feature is a tool to make comments and ask questions without interrupting the speaker but be aware that your comments are public. As you most likely learned in your face-to-face classroom back in kindergarten, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Respectful communication between instructors and fellow peers is required at all times.