Some Tips for Online Teaching Setups

By Gacharná Ramírez, Gerardo

© April 3, 2021

The origami workshops through platforms such as Zoom became a very popular and necessary practice to keep the origami community active and united during the pandemic. Due to that, in recent months I have been improving my setup so to facilitate the online teaching process.

I share below some notes and photos that explain every detail of my setup and how each one has been useful to me. It can be very valuable information for people interested in the virtual development of workshops and origami group meetings through Zoom, Google Meet, Jitsi, etc. By the way, there are a lot more useful tips in...

The Zoomigami Guide, by Ilan Garibi:

Teaching Origami Using Video Meeting Systems, by LondonOrigami:

This is my setup

A close-up to 1 - 4

Are you interested in buying a webcam to point to the desk and teach origami? (1) Look for one with manual or automatic focus; avoid fixed focus. Now, automatic focus can make the image jumpy, so it might be best manual, but you can often control the focus of an autofocus webcam through software. (2) Make sure it does not produce a "fisheye" image. I mean those that make straight edges (like the corners between walls) curvilinear. Several webcams produce this type of image, including those that say "wide angle." This kind of webcams also make the edges of the paper look curved, which makes the origami learning process very difficult.

I recommend the following which are much cheaper than document cameras.

Loetad 1080p webcam (zero fisheye image and manual focus): 

Yohoolyo 1080p webcam (very little fisheye image and autofocus): 

If you have an Android phone and want to use it as a computer webcam but do not know how, I recommend the DroidCam app:

OK, that is all. Hopefully, what I have learned from so much trial and error will help you.