Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most of the meetings and interactions between co-researchers will need to be done through an online platform. We have chosen to use Zoom for this purpose. Here is a checklist of the things you will need to be able to participate:
- A stable internet connection
- Smartphone, or tablet, or a computer with webcam
- Headset (earphones/headphones) with microphone
- Zoom app
Click here to go to the Zoom app download page.
You will need to choose which kind of device you will be using the app on.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before and when joining a meeting:
- The meeting will be recorded for internal use of researchers and co-researchers. This means the recording will NOT be shared to third party organizations or individuals. If you have concerns regarding this, or wish to pause the recording at any point during the meeting, do not hesitate to notify one of the coordinators.
- To get the best possible audio clarity for you and your co-participants, it’s advisable to use a pair of earphones/headphones with an integrated microphone.
- If possible, secure a quiet room.
- If you opt to use video/webcam, be mindful of details in your background that you may not want shared. Advise people that you live that they may be seen or heard in the background. It will be seen by your co-researchers and participants.
- When not speaking, kindly mute your microphone.
- There will be between 15-20 participants in each meeting. To ensure smooth exchange of thoughts and ideas, we encourage you to use the “raise hand” function if you wish to speak. This is how you do it.
If you have not used the Zoom app before, we encourage you to get to know by trying it out with family or friends before the actual focus group meetings. Please get in touch with the coordinators if you encounter any issues or is unable to install the app.