Using Zoom

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing system used for remote instruction. Faculty may set up a Zoom meeting to meet with you individually, or with your entire class.

Prior to your first scheduled day of class, your instructor will send you a link and further information about your first meeting to your email address. The link may also be posted on the Syllabus page of your course on the Learn LMS. If you don’t receive information from your instructor, be sure to follow up with them by email. 

Students do not need an account to join a Zoom call. This guide explains how to join a Zoom meeting.

How to Join a Zoom Meeting

The first time you use Zoom, the software will prompt you to download the Zoom Launcher—please give yourself a little time before classes resume to set this up and test your connection.

This CAIT article describes how to get a Zoom account, how to create a meeting, and how to invite guests.

How Do I: Use Zoom?

Video conferencing tips for students

  • If needed, install the software in advance of your first session and practice using it.
  • Prepare for the session by finding a quiet place to focus and a strong Internet connection.
  • Use headphones with an inline microphone for the best experience.
  • Arrive a few minutes ahead of time to minimize disruption.
  • Find your light! Make sure there is a light source in front of you, not behind.
  • Familiarize yourself with the controls within the software.
  • Mute your audio until you have a question or comment.
  • Raise your hand to ask questions or write them in the chat box.
  • You can share your screen to show your instructor or peers what’s on your desktop.
  • Make eye contact with the camera (the camera is the class).
  • Speak in a conversational tone—you won’t need to raise your voice.
  • Remember that you are in class. Keeping your video on helps everyone engage.
  • Know that your instructor may record the session for students who are unable to attend live or need to review the discussion.
  • Your instructor may save the text messages from the chat, even those sent privately or shared in breakout rooms.