Zoom Guides for your Class

Recommendations for Students when Using Zoom (downloadable Google Doc)

Quick Start Guide for Students Hosting Meetings (downloadable Google Doc)

Personalizing your Zoom Account (downloadable Google Doc)


Teaching FAQs for Faculty

Login to your Zoom account (downloadable Google Doc)

Linking Zoom and Kaltura Accounts to Automatically Transfer Cloud Recordings (downloadable Google Doc)

Scheduling meetings (downloadable Google Doc)

Schedule a meeting for your class through your Zoom account, and add the link to your LMS (Brightspace) course (downloadable Google Doc)

Set up your PowerPoint as an individual window for your Zoom meeting (downloadable Google Doc)

Maximizing Breakout Rooms (downloadable Google Doc)

How to Self-Select Break Out Rooms in Zoom (downloadable Google Doc)


Zoom Guides for Teaching with Zoom

Zoom’s Tips and Tricks for Virtual Lessons (opens in PDF)


US:IT Guides and Training

ZOOM Resources  and Support (opens new webpage)


How to prevent ZoomBombing!

ZoomBombing is a new form of trolling in which an outside participant, or disruptive participants, use the features of Zoom to interrupt and disrupt meetings and classes.

What can you do?

Whenever possible keep your links embedded in your LMS, rather than emailing or posting them for public view.

In addition, you can restrict access by enabling a waiting room and customizing your waiting room message, restrict access to the UMS users only by requiring authentication for your meetings, or requiring a password.

You can manage your participants by limiting the chat features, ability to share content, and virtual backgrounds.

Learn how here. There is a great video that reviews all these features to help you decide the right one for your classes.

Using Zoom

Zoom in a Snapshot

  • Zoom allows for up to 300 people to join in a meeting at a time, using a computer, webcam, mobile device or phone.  It will have the largest draw on bandwidth and requires a stable internet connection. 
  • Participants (students and faculty) can hold a discussion, share content, use text-based chat, share files, and break into working groups.
  • Participants can turn off their webcams (to lower pull on bandwidth).
  • Meetings can be recorded locally (to your own computer) or to the cloud (recommended).  Recordings can be of content, speakers, participants, or a combination of all three. Recording files can get large.
  • Zoom is automatically connected to Kaltura so that your recording will be stored in your My Media account.  From there, your recordings can easily be published to your Brightspace course. 
  • Zoom is already set up in your Brightspace course (under Tools link on the navbar). Make your meetings there and they will be available for your students with a click of a button.

You should use Zoom when:

  • Your meetings require interaction from students, such as meaningful discussions, debates, small group work.
  • You are bringing in live guest speakers for your students
  • Your students are engaged in work for immediate feedback from peers
  • Your students are sharing content, ideas, collaborative thinking
  • You are having your students break out into small group discussions
  • You are holding your office hours with your students 

Learn more about the tools available in a Zoom meeting from Zoom’s help center. 

Test your computer audio and video using the Zoom test meeting.

Practice running the meeting with host meeting controls.

Polling – informal Q/A during a meeting like clickers

Breakout Rooms – breaking students into small collaborative working groups 

Chat – allowing for text based information during a class

Sharing a Screen – share any application on your computer, or share certain attached devices (see below)

Sharing an attached camera – attach a webcam and share that view like a remote doc cam.

Whiteboard – use the built in white board as a place to write/collaborate

Share an iPad as a Whiteboard – from home you can share your iPad via cable or Airplay, and use an app like Explain Everything to have a real time writing platform (this feature is not available when using Zoom on campus). 

Annotation – have your students annotate shared material in real time

Using the Waiting Room – allow your students entry one at a time, or place them in a waiting room (e.g., during office hours).

Transcription of meetings – attach a transcript for your meeting (remember those of you using Kaltura, this will be done automatically).

Non-verbal Feedback: allow your students to use digital hand raising, claps and other emojis

Virtual Backgrounds: select a background for your meetings (some conditions apply)

Generating Meeting Reports for Registration and Polling: see how your students answered polling questions.

Recording: recording options on Zoom

Attendee Attention Tracking: allows you to see if a participants window is active while sharing content. 


Need more help?  Visit Zoom’s Help Center for FAQs, tutorials, and videos.