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How to connect to online classes at Tierra:

Laura's online classAt Tierra, in order to keep our services going during the COVID-19 crisis we have transitioned our group classes to an online platform. While nothing replaces the face-to face interaction of an instructor with their students, our first experience with online classes during the final week of Winter Term went exceptionally well, the positive feedback we received from students and instructors helped us to realize that we will be able to continue to offer a high-quality, engaging educational experience to our entire student community online. 

If you are new to Tierra we encourage you to give us the opportunity to show you how even in distance learning our classes are full of warm human interaction and meaningful language learning.

In the picture on the right Tierra instructor Laura Di Mare (top center) and her dedicated group of students relish reconnecting in their online class.

The platform we use to host our Spanish classes online is Zoom. In order to connect you will need a reliable internet connection, laptop, desktop computer, tablet or smartphone with audio and video capabilities.

Once you register in a group Spanish class from our Spring Term Schedule you will receive a welcome email with a special link and a "Meeting ID" that will be used to access your class. The first time you connect you will need to complete a quick download of Zoom's client software, once this is installed on your device, the process will be as simple as clicking on the link provided every time your class will occur.

It is not required that you create an account with Zoom or purchase any plans in order to join your Spanish class. If you want to be prepared ahead of time or simply test that your device can work with Zoom, you can install Zoom's client software using the following link:

    https://zoom.us/download

If you want to access your class using your smartphone, then you need to find the Zoom App on your App Store and install it.

Here are some useful links you can use to familiarize yourself with Zoom and how it works:

  • How to join a meeting and the different options to join (Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, etc.):

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

  • How to join a test meeting to make sure your video and audio devices are working properly (you are highly encouraged to join a test meeting before your class begins so that you have time to troubleshoot if need be):

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-Joining-a-test-meeting

  • How to test audio and video:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/HqncX7RE0wM?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1

  • How to install Zoom on a Mac (if you are using Safari, you may have to change your  browser security settings):

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/203020795-How-To-Install-on-Mac

If you are having trouble with Zoom on a computer, please try using a smartphone, and vice versa.  You can also refer to the Zoom Help Center for specific issues you encounter.

Here are some of the many enthusiastic comments we received from our students about having their class meet online:

"The online classes this week at Tierra were my first experience with this, I was a little hesitant at first, but it was really easy & fun."  - Sally E

"I am grateful to all of you for implementing the technology to make continued classes possible. My classes this week were bright spots in a time of anxiety and uncertainty. The classes were engaging and the online platform worked seamlessly for me—a first-time user. It cheered me up to connect with everyone and not feel so isolated, and to do something valuable together." - Lisa W

“I actually love the online format. Looking forward to continuing this Spring!” - John T

“I will be very happy to have this course online in the Spring! I would take online courses from you if you offered them even after this crisis.” - Martha B

“I am very pleased with the Zoom online class.  It is convenient, it works really well, and we can learn from the comfort of our own homes.” - Patty E