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 music and 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 classmates) 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 your teacher to know that you are engaged. 


3. Ensure your technology works correctly.

You don't want to have to delay class because your system isn't working properly.  Check your microphone and have any books or materials ready to go.


4. Use good digital citizenship.

 Interruptions and being talked over are two of the biggest online class challenges. Your teacher will provide you with a set of norms or rules for your online classes. Remember that you are using district equipment and accounts so you need to abide by the district's Acceptable Use Policy.


6. Wear appropriate clothing.

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


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. 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 texting during video classes. Multitasking doesn't work very well when you are on video conferences.