PLATO offers non-credit, participatory courses meant for seniors who want to continue learning, sharing and making new friends.The content and format of PLATO courses are determined by volunteer Course Coordinators and course participants. Any PLATO member can propose and coordinate a course.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Fall Courses are being offered online this year.
To help prepare members who will be enrolling in fall online courses, Curriculum is scheduling practice sessions in Aug. and again in Sept. In addition to practice sessions, and to help orient course members to using Meet are two short write-ups with helpful tips on:
Practice sessions coming in August and September. Members who would like to experience joining a Meet session before courses start in Sept, can sign up for a practice session with an experienced member. Check the "Save the Date" column as to when sign up is available.
While many of us may have experienced online meetings did you know there are little tweaks you could do to make the experience more comfortable for you? The following Tips are suggestions to make your online experience good for you and others in the course.
Tips for Participants Using Google Meet
Tips #1: How to Join an Online Course
When you enroll in an online course, you will need to give your email to the coordinator of the course. They will use your email to send you an invitation to join the meeting.
Every week during their course, the coordinator will send an email with the link to their online course meeting. The link will look something like this:
A few minutes before the course time, using the device (laptop, tablet, phone) that you will be using while in the online course, open your email from the coordinator and click on the link “join the video meeting”. Then follow these steps:
The first screen you will see will say: Getting ready to join
That's it, it's that simple to join a meeting.
Tips #2: You Are in the Online Course: Now What?
One of the easiest ways is to raise your hand – all members should be able to see all members of the group so it is easy to see who is raising their hand when you use the tiled view.
Another way is to write a message through the chat feature saying you want to speak.
To read the white bar from left to right: The name of your course is on the far left, next is the microphone image followed by the red telephone icon, and then the camera symbol. On the far right are three vertical dots - clicking on the dots gives you more screen arrangement choices.
When you click on the three tiny dots on the right-hand side of the white bar the following dialog box appears:
You can change the layout of how the images of the participants look on your screen. From the above box click on the menu choice ‘Change layout’ .
The ‘Sidebar’ view: the speaker is in the large window and up to four participants are in the side small windows.
The ‘Spotlight’ view: only the person speaking will be visible.
The 'Tiled' view: up to 16 members will be visible. This is the view that is the best for a Course meeting.
Tips for Participants for How to Join and Now that I'm online What Next? (PDF)
Resource materials for coordinators who are working with Google's G-Suite: Meet.
Companion Guide to How to "set up" a meeting in Google Meet. (docx) Download
Companion Guide to How to do a presentation. (docx) Download
pptx - PowerPoint, docx - Word
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