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Zoom Video Conferencing: Getting Started

What is Zoom?

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Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio or both.

Recommended Equipment

The following equipment is recommended for participating in Zoom meetings.

  1. Internet Connection: Wired, wireless, or 4G/LTE
  2. Headphones: Listen to the audio being sent through the meeting
  3. Microphone: Speak with other meeting attendees
  4. Webcam:  Meet face-to-face, even when separated (optional)

Supported Operating Systems

Zoom software is supported on a variety of platforms including: 

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
  • MacOS 10.7 or later
  • ChromeOS (Chromebooks)
  • Android, iOS and iPadOS
  • Linux

To see the full list of system requirements, click the link below:

How Will I Know if My Instructor is Using Zoom?

Option 1: Your instructor might send you an email inviting you to join a Zoom meeting. This email will include a Zoom Invite Link, a Meeting ID and potentially a password.

zoom invite email

Option 2:  Your instructor might post the link in MyCanvas making it easy for you to click to join the meeting. Make sure you are ready with the software installed.

Zoom Overview (Video: 0:45)