Social and Psychological Aspects

Zoom and Active Learning: Oxymorons?

  • Sharron J. Lennon (Indiana Univeristy)
  • Dr. Nancy Ann Ann Rudd (Ohio State University)


Due to COVID-19, in-person teaching stopped on most U.S. campuses and many faculty adopted Zoom for remote teaching. Indiana University and Ohio State University faculty were urged to quickly transition online. While both institutions offered seminars and advice, most required mastering various available technology for which there was little time and which did little to alleviate associated stress. One challenge was maintaining active learning strategies via Zoom. Two useful strategies were online chat activities, short items often paired with video clips to which students responded Zoom’s Chat function, and live discussions. In chat activities students analyzed their impressions of others based on perceptual characteristics such as voice. In live discussions students evaluated media images that focused on body form or function. These activities demonstrated student engagement in course concepts. Other suggestions for remote teaching are also offered.

Keywords: active learning, Zoom, Covid-19, soc/psych aspects of dress

How to Cite:

Lennon, S. J. & Rudd, D. A., (2022) “Zoom and Active Learning: Oxymorons?”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 78(1). doi:



Published on
15 Sep 2022
Peer Reviewed