2021 Winter through Summer 2-Week classes will be offered fully online
Starting with the 2020 Winter term, the Course of Study School of Ohio is using Populi, an online learning management system. The below PDFs are step-by-step guides to different aspects of Populi. Populi has further information to help at Introduction to Populi and For Students (additionally, here's a video from Populi showing how to submit an assignment). Online registration for 2020 and 2021 opened on Populi in January 2020; directions for the online registration process are available on our registration page and in the PDF below. If you are a current COSSO student and need access to Populi (or if the link to set up your password expired), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COS Populi is located at https://cosohio.populiweb.com/
1) Go to www.zoom.us
2) Click on Plans and Pricing in the upper left of your screen.
3) Click on the button that says, “Sign up, It’s Free” (see where to click circled in blue the picture to the left)
4) Follow sign-up instructions on the screen.
Once you’ve set up your account, go to https://zoom.us/support/downloadto download the Zoom app (if you’re on a computer, the app should download automatically when you open the link; if you’re on mobile you can click a button at this link to get the Zoom App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play store).
If you’ve downloaded the installer on a computer, click the file to install the app on your computer. Zoom’s system requirements for computers are here and the requirements for mobile devices are here. Using it on a computer is preferable to using it on a mobile device because you will have a bigger screen.
If you have trouble installing the Zoom app on your computer, Zoom can work in Google Chrome or other internet browsers, but it will have limited features, see https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/214629443-Zoom-Web-Client for more info.
See the section below this for PDFs with instructions and images to see how to test your computer's video and audio and join a class.
If you're using a mobile device, when you try to join your first meeting in the app it will request permission to use your camera/microphone--say yes at that prompt to connect.
If you’re connected to the video on the Zoom app but don’t have a webcam, on the “Choose one of the audio conference options” menu in the app click “Phone Call” and Zoom will give you phone numbers and your participant ID to call to connect—using that will connect your phone audio to your account on the Zoom app (so that you can see the other students and your instructor and type chats)
You can call in to the Zoom meeting like a conference call! The email your instructor or I send out with the meeting link will include a phone number to call to join the meeting. When you call, you’ll be prompted to enter the meeting ID/password, which will also be given in the email. While you're on the class via phone, press "6" to mute or unmute yourself and "9" to raise your hand.
· A wired internet connection is stronger than Wifi, and a Wifi connection is stronger than cellular. If using Wifi, moving your computer closer to your router sometimes helps
· Mute your microphone when you’re not speaking
· Stopping your own video may help.
· Make sure HD video is disabled: click the ^ to the right of the video icon in Zoom, choose video settings, and make sure the box beside HD is NOT checked.
· Close any other applications you have open on your computer/other devices that share your internet connection that you don’t need during your Zoom meeting
· Switch to a phone connection for the meeting audio (if you have a landline or good cell phone reception): in the Zoom meeting, select the ^ to the right of the mute button in the app, and choose “switch to phone call”—Zoom will give you phone numbers and your participant ID to call to connect. Using your participant ID will connect your phone audio to your account on the Zoom app. Once you’ve connected to the audio by phone, click the ^ beside the mute button again and choose “leave computer audio”
Zoom has many help files about getting started at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697. Here’s the article on getting started on Windows and Mac computers. Here’s the article on getting started with iOS (on your iPad/iPhone). Here’s the article on getting started with Android devices. Here are Zoom's directions, including a video, for testing your speakers and microphone before or during a meeting.