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Use of Cameras for Remote Synchronous Courses

In-person students earn class participation credit by arriving on time and contributing to discussions and activities. The equivalent in a remote class is to join Zoom on time and be attentive and engaged. Having your camera turned on contributes to this class community and engagement. Remote students are strongly encouraged to turn their cameras on as much as possible. Some instructors may also base class attendance and participation points on each student’s webcam presence during Zoom sessions.

Students who are concerned about showing their living space are welcome to use the blur background feature in Zoom or another, non-offensive virtual background. Students without a working laptop camera should purchase an external webcam. In cases of hardship, students can contact LeBow Instructional Tech (lebowintech@drexel.edu) to ask about the availability of loaner cameras.


*The above applies to remote, “synchronous” courses that have a set meeting time each week in Zoom. Courses that meet in-person each week (“face-to-face”) and courses that do not have scheduled meeting times (“online asynchronous”) follow different policies and procedures.

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