To Zoom or Loom? Video Platforms for Different Needs

Poster Description: When higher education institutions pivoted to emergency online teaching, we dove into video conferencing platforms like Zoom to support instructional continuity. Our use of those platforms quickly evolved to include synchronous and asynchronous instructional delivery. But is Zoom always the right tool? How might Loom serve different instructional needs?

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Presenter Name(s): Melanie Sellar, Santa Clara University

Presenter Bio(s): Melanie Sellar is the Head of Instruction and Assessment, Santa Clara University Library. She is also an Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University iSchool. Before SCU, Melanie was the Senior Instructional Designer at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education and worked as Education Services Librarian at Marymount California University.

3 replies on “To Zoom or Loom? Video Platforms for Different Needs”

Wow — I haven’t heard of Loom before! I really like how you outlined the strengths of a more 1:1, flexible platform versus the standard video conference software many of us have been using. Do you think you will continue using Loom beyond the COVID era?

Hi Jules, absolutely I’ll be continuing to use it. The reality is that even we are working on-site, our communications with faculty and students are usually remote (they are not in front of us). I also see our faculty sticking with more flipped classroom activities where students are doing pre-work or exercises online, providing opportunity for us to give them asynchronous feedback via Loom etc.

Hi Jules, absolutely I’ll be continuing to use it. The reality is that even we are working on-site, our communications with faculty and students are usually remote (they are not in front of us). I also see our faculty sticking with more flipped classroom activities where students are doing pre-work or exercises online, providing opportunity for us to give them asynchronous feedback via Loom etc.