Zoom web conferences

This page presents the free version of Zoom whose popularity with faculty appears to be growing.  The free Zoom limits meetings to 40 minutes, so its usefulness must be reflected against that fact.  Nevertheless, Zoom does possess all of the capabilities of Adobe Connect plus the ability to present computer sound to students.  The written steps that follow the video below correlate with the times those steps are shown in the video.

Step Time Description of step
1 :02 You must establish an account with Zoom on your own.  Go to “zoom.us” in your browser (Google or Firefox).
2 :11 Fill out your first and last name, and provide your email address.
3 :23 Zoom sends you an email to confirm your new account.  Click to activate the account
4 1:05 Become familiar with your Zoom landing page.  All the information is clearly presented.  Take a few moments to look around.
5 1:10 Note that you have your own personal meeting link.  It is suggested that you use this for virtual office hours, and that you create a unique meeting for your class
5.1 Notice, too, that your personal meeting has a 9-digit ID.  Students who use Zoom on their mobile phone or tablet will need this ID to join.  They will get the ID when you send the invitation to join your meeting (covered later)
6 1:31 Schedule a new meeting.  Complete the form.

·      Give it a unique title (e.g., ENGL 101)

·      Set the date and time.

·      Make sure you set the time zone (Central)

·      Optional but suggested:  Make it a recurring meeting.  Each meeting will have the same URL.

·      Do not require a meeting password.

·      Do select the option for students to use “both” computer audio or their telephone.

·      Save the information

7 3.11 Send the URL to the meeting to your students.  Note that you can display and copy the meeting invitation which you can paste into a Canvas Inbox or Outlook email to your students.  You can also paste the URL link into a page or module in Canvas.  Whatever way you choose, be CLEAR and SPECIFIC in your communication to your students.
8 4:00 At the appointed time, start your meeting.  For the first time, you will be prompted to download and install the Zoom app.  This is necessary and happens quickly.  Continue to launch your meeting.
9 4:26 Test your speaker and microphone as prompted.
10 4:43 Start your video.  Your webcam presence is important to create a socializing experience with your students.
11 4:53 You can mute your microphone anytime you wish to do so.  Explore the toolset.  When you click “manage participants” note you have the ability to “mute all” an important consideration for controlling feedback, plus other options.  Note you can open a chat window.  These components can be moved around.
12 5:15 Note you have a “share screen” option.  This also includes the ability to present a whiteboard if you wish to “chalk and talk.”
13 5:52 There are controls that float at the top when you share your screen.  Note the ability to “share computer sound.”  This gives you the ability to present audio from a YouTube clip or other sound when sharing a screen.
14 6:22 The Whiteboard feature is presented.
15 6:44 You have the ability to record the meeting to your computer.  When the meeting ends, the video is “processed” and will be saved at a location you select as an mp4 video, which can be uploaded to YouTube, a Canvas page, or to other locations.
16 7:09 End the meeting (the recording will be saved).
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