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Zoom Web Conferencing

Zoom is a web conferencing tool for hosting online meetings with video, audio, and screen sharing.

Participating in a Zoom conference

The host will provide a link to the conference. You can join via computer or mobile device by clicking on that link. A web cam may be helpful. They are available for checkout from the Help Desk. Although your computer should walk through the steps to participate, you can also learn more about participating in a Zoom meeting.

Hosting a Zoom Conference

A free user account has many usable features, but limits conference time to 40 minutes. To access a Zoom Pro account, contact the Help Desk or Instructional Design, and request Zoom Pro.

Zoom has a variety of ways to learn about hosting conferences:

Don’t record to Zoom cloud storage

A quirk of our current contract is that we only have a certain (very, very, small) amount of storage for Zoom recordings. If you need to record your Zoom sessions, please record them to your computer. If you need them to be available to others, there are a few options:

If you’re sharing these with students and expect to use them for multiple quarters, contact the Instructional Design team to discuss captioning options.

Zoom Pro Features

  • No limit on meeting length.
  • Using Zoom in your Canvas course
  • Waiting room - Users connect, but are kept in a holding area until you explicitly let them into the room. Hand for confidential discussions in office hours.
  • Breakout rooms - Create small group rooms within the main conference.
  • Polling - For in-meeting feedback opportunities
  • Join from browser - No download/install required, but has reduced features.
  • Share a second camera - Handy for document cameras, or if you want to point a camera at lab equipment, a keyboard to show key sequences, and so on.

If you have questions about using Zoom, or would like to try a test meeting, contact the Instructional Design team.

Done with Zoom?

The college has a limited number of Pro licenses. If you’re not going to use Zoom any more, please contact the Help Desk to release the license to another colleague.