Online Discussion FAQ
What platform do you use?
We use a video conference service called Zoom. Zoom is like Skype or Google Hangouts, but more reliable and easy to use in our experience.
How do I join?
Once you’ve signed up for an online discussion, we will provide you with a URL link to join the Zoom meeting. You can join using PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android. The first time that you use Zoom, the browser may request to download a client app that will then launch the meeting. For more information, check out this link: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-
What will I need to participate?
You will either need an internet connected laptop/computer or a phone. If you will be using a laptop, you will also need a headset or ear buds to avoid audio feedback. We also ask that you have the readings with you (either online or printed) so we can reference them together throughout the conversation.
Will people be able to see and hear me?
You will have the ability to start/stop video and mute/unmute your own audio. We have found that conversations are more impactful when everyone is able to see each other but you aren’t required to use video. If you’re in a location with background noise, we recommend muting yourself when you aren’t speaking.
What is the role of the facilitator?
The facilitator’s job is to provide a jumping off point for discussion and to make sure everyone has a chance to participate. Their role is not to give a talk or serve as an authority in providing the “right” answers. The facilitator will share some prompting questions to get the discussion going but ultimately, the quality of the conversation will depend on the engagement of participants in bringing up ideas and questions they find most interesting.
What are the rules for discussion?
The only rules we have are the same ones that apply to any normal conversation: be respectful and don’t interrupt!
What if I don’t have time to do the readings?
That’s okay! We’d still love to have you participate. The conversation will be centered on topics that everyone can relate to their own experiences and observations, so even if you haven’t done all the reading, you should be able to take something away from the discussion.
Will I be expected to speak?
We highly encourage each participant to contribute to discussion because we believe one of the best ways to learn is by actively exchanging perspectives with other people. However, we understand that many people feel nervous or intimidated by small group discussions. You should rest assured that we’re dedicated to cultivating an environment of respect and open-mindedness where everyone’s opinions are valued and heard.
Who should I contact if I’m not able to make it?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.