How to avoid using Zoom to reinforce status hierarchies: Opinion

November 20, 2020
Zoom meetings can reinforce status hierarchies in higher ed, writes Joshua Kim. The article describes how those who have a higher status often tend to only attend important meetings, might join a meeting acceptably late or leave it early, and sometimes will wear more casual clothing than others in the meeting. Kim explains that when these status differentials are understood, they can be minimized in order to let those who are lower in the hierarchy be heard. “Those with more institutional power can speak less and listen more,” writes Kim. “We can question norms around having everyone turn on their cameras. We can explicitly equalize speaking time and priority by going down the list of attendees in choosing the order of speaking.” Inside Higher Ed (International)