Adapted from Owl Labs website:

1. Mute yourself when not speaking.

Even though you may not be speaking and think you're being quiet, most microphones can pick up minor background noises, like children in the background, music or television noises or even typing. These sounds can easily distract other video conferencing participants and potentially even cause annoyance.

 Make it a practice (out of common courtesy to your colleagues) to mute yourself whenever you're not talking. 

2. Be on time & have good eye contact.

This one should be standard with any meeting or class.  While you might be able to get away with sneaking into a physical meeting late, everything is more visible in a video conference.

Eye contact is extremely important during a video conference, as you want the students to feel engaged. 

3. Ensure your technology works correctly.

You don't want to have to delay class because your system isn't working properly. You need to do a test run with a colleague prior to your first time with students.  Check your microphone.  It's important to ask your students to do this as well.

4. Use technology to fully engage remote participants.

You want your remote video conference attendees to feel like they can participate and are truly a part of the meeting. Interruptions and being talked over are two of the biggest online class challenges.  Come up with a set of norms or rules for your online classes.

6. Wear work-appropriate clothing.

While it might be tempting to work in your favorite sweatshirt all day, make sure that you still look professional.

7. Frame the camera correctly.

When you're on video, make sure you frame your camera in a way that feels natural and allows you to look at the camera. Sit at eye level to the lens, and try to position yourself so that it shows midsection up. Placing it too high leaves other participants staring down at you like a bad tv show. Putting a camera too low can lead to unflattering and awkward angles.

8. Have the right light.

Poor lighting conditions have an enormous effect on video quality. You'll want to make sure that there is enough light in the room you're in so that your video isn't grainy and unwatchable. 

9. Look into the camera.

A common mistake is looking at the video feed instead of the camera when speaking to a remote participant. While it may seem like the right thing to do, it actually makes it appear as if you're looking off and not paying attention. This will make you come across as more aloof and less professional. Looking into the camera lens is the equivalent of looking into the person's eyes, so practice doing so until you're comfortable with it.

10. Pay attention.

Stop checking emails or working on your PowerPoint presentation during video conferences. Multitasking doesn't work very well when you are on video conferences.