Classes on Polyhistoria are live online classes that meet over group video chat.  

Live online classes

Live online classes include live meetings over video chat at scheduled times. A class could meet just once, or many times over a semester. Most classes also involve independent work before or after the live meetings.

Online Classes

For live meetings, Polyhistoria uses a video chat app called Zoom. We will send you the link to the online classroom immediately after you sign up for a class.

Ready to get started? Here are some tips for your first class…

Tips for your first live online class

Test Zoom

Polyhistoria uses a standard video chat app called “Zoom” for live meetings. It’s simple and reliable, and for most people it works smoothly.

You can test things out by visiting This will allow you to test Zoom’s software through a private test room. You can use this room to check that your audio and video setup is working.

Zoom Tutorial

The teacher will help manage the live meeting.  As a participant, we recommend keeping your microphone on mute except when you’re speaking. This helps ensure good audio quality for everyone in the class.

Audio and Video controls

Here are some things you should try with Zoom:

  • Turn off / turn on microphone
  • Turn off / turn on video
  • Click the ‘Participants’ button and use the ‘raise hand’ button
  • Click the ‘Chat’ button and type ‘hello!’ into the chat box

More resources

If you have more questions, Zoom has an extensive help center: