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Zoom Video Conferencing: Getting Started

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio or both. Your instructors will be using Zoom to meet with you online.

As a student, you can use your own Zoom account to meet outside of a regular classroom. Try using Zoom to...

  • Meet with group members for projects and assignments
  • Work on homework with classmates
  • Record a presentation
  • Schedule online tutoring
  • Host a meeting for a club or organization

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:

Tips for Participating in Online Learning

Helpful tips for students success online:

  • Make sure you’re muted when not talking
  • Be yourself and respect others
  • Ask questions using chat
  • Use reactions to engage with your class
  • Think before you write
  • Utilize the raise your hand feature if wanting to ask a question live
  • Set up an intentional space where the class is going to happen

Zoom Software

Note: Please make sure that you are using the latest version of Zoom. Your computer should update to the latest version automatically but check weekly to make are you are up-to-date.

You will not be able to participate in class sessions unless you have upgraded to at least version 5.0.

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)