Information for Student Online Success

Synchronous (Live Session) Overview 

Zoom is the interface used for the live session component of your courses. Visit Introduction to Zoom for instructions, screen shots, and more details.


Live class sessions are times when you, the instructor, and your entire class are simultaneously logged in to the same online classroom and can see and hear one another. Sometimes the term synchronous is also used for these sessions, referring to the fact that all students are online and interacting at the same time.

The Zoom platform may serve as the platform for:

  • Class discussions. You may be to attend a live-session class discussion for each course in which you are registered. All live-session class discussions require that you dial into an audio conference.  You must be prepared to discuss that week's asynchronous material in your weekly live-session class discussion. This means if you have class on Monday, you must have completed that week's asynchronous material prior to your scheduled live session on Monday. 
  • Office hours. Professors may post online office hours to give students opportunities to ask and clarify questions about the course, review assignments or upcoming coursework.
  • Study groups. In some courses, you may be assigned a group project where you will need to meet on a regular basis to complete the project. As a Binghamton student, you have the ability to create Zoom sessions for you and your group members to work on group assignments. The steps to create a Zoom session can be found online. NOTE: Remember to login to NOT

Etiquette for Class Session

  • Join the session early: Give yourself time to learn what you can and can't do in the session. Add a profile picture and set up your audio and video. If you are presenting, make sure you can share content. Practice using the tools.
  • Be on time: If you can't be early, be on time. Let the moderator know if you are going to be late or absent. Everyone can set notifications to alert them when someone has joined the session and may see who is joining when.
  • Introduce yourself: Don't assume anyone automatically recognizes your voice. State your name the first few times you speak. Let your instructor know who is participating. Give everyone a chance to know you.
  • Make eye contact: If you are sharing video, look at the camera and not the session. It may feel weird, but it shows you are engaged in the session. If you need to multi-task during the session, shut your video off to avoid looking distracted.
  • Mute yourself when not speaking: Nothing is more distracting than background noise. For example, typing or a private conversation. It can also give the impression that you aren't paying attention.
  • Be professional: You may be joining the session from somewhere private, but you are not alone. You are face-to-face with your peers, instructors, and guest experts. Make a good impression. Participate. Don't talk over someone. Raise your hand if there is no opening to speak. Type questions and feedback in the chat. Pick your best profile picture. Watch your mannerisms and facial expressions.

Attending your Live Class Session

Zoom is based on modern web technologies, with both a desktop client and web client

Recommendation: Whenever possible, download the Zoom Client for Meetings desktop application for the best experience.

For more information about participating in your synchronous class sessions visit How to Participate in a Zoom Meeting

How do I find the recordings?

From your myCourses’ course, select Tools> Zoom Meetings and click on the Recorded Meetings link.


Many thanks to Syracuse University's Information Technology Services for providing much of this page's content. To see the original version, visit Preparing for your Virtual Academic Experience.