Video guide

Reactions in a Zoom meeting (YouTube, 2m 8s)

Using reactions

Reactions can be used as an active learning tool within Zoom for students to efficiently provide non-verbal feedback to a question posed by their course coordinator.

  1. Click on the Manage Participants button to launch the sidebar.

manage participants

  1. You can click on a reaction (i.e. yes) to apply it. 


  1. Any applied reactions will appear next to the participant's name in the list.

reaction next to name

  1. Students can click on the more button to view additional reactions.

more reactions

  1. Optionally, click on the Share button to share a PowerPoint presentation.

share button

  1. Students can then react to indicate their response to a particular question, statement or topic. 


  1. The total number of reactions will appear above each icon to give you an indication of response numbers.

reaction numbers

  1. Click on the clear all button to clear reactions for all participants. 

clear all

  1. Reactions for all participants will then be cleared.

all cleared

Raise Hand reaction

Students can use the Raise Hand reaction to indicate when they would like to speak anytime throughout a Zoom meeting. 

  1. A student can click on the Raise Hand button.

raise hand button

Note: The Raise Hand reaction only appears to students (i.e. Not hosts or co-hosts).

  1. A raised hand icon will then appear next to the student's name in the Manage Participants menu.

raised hand icon

Note: If the Manage Participants menu is not open, all hosts and co-hosts will recieve a notification that a student(s) has raised their hand. 

students raising hand

  1. When you are ready, you can permit the student to unmute their own microphone.
  2. From the Manage Participants menu, click on the Lower Hand button and Mute button for that student once they have finished speaking.

lower hand and mute