Feeling a slump in your teaching? Are your students losing engagement? This tip shows you how to activate video filters and studio effects, so you can customize your on-camera appearance and add a little fun to your lessons!
Video filters allow you to overlay virtual images atop your live image so you can give yourself a pirate hat, an eye patch, or a pair of glasses. And studio effects allow you to change your lip colour, eyebrow shape, or even have a moustache!
A little fun can go a long way. Tews, Jackson, Ramsay, and Michael (2015) found a positive relationship between fun delivery of lessons (e.g., humour, storytelling) and student engagement.
Using Video Filters
- To enable filters, you will need to download the Zoom application and make sure the version is 5.2 or newer.
- Once you’re in the Zoom application, click on the “^” button next to the “Start Video” icon and select “Choose Video Filter.”
- This will bring up the menu of video filters, which will allow you to overlay virtual items such as hats and glasses to your live image.
Using Studio Effects
- Once the video filters menu is opened, select the “Studio Effects” option located in the bottom-right-hand corner of the menu.
- This will open a side window to the right, which allows you to customize your eyebrows, facial hair, and lip colour. Have fun!
For additional help with other Zoom-related topics, visit IT Conestoga’s Zoom page.
Tews, M. J., Jackson, K., Ramsay, C., & Michel, J. W. (2015). Fun in the college classroom: Examining its nature and relationship with student engagement. College Teaching, 63(1), 16-26.