Zoom is a video conferencing application where up to 300 individuals can join a meeting and share audio and video. Zoom has a screen sharing and presentation mode. You have the option to annotate your shared screen and to record the session to your computer so that you can upload it for individuals to view on demand. UM-System provides Pro-level Zoom accounts for all faculty, staff and students.  

Remember that not all students have a computer or a webcam at home. We recommend that you choose to deliver your course asynchronously in Canvas rather than teaching in Zoom only. Many students do not own computers, have internet at home, or have webcams that might be needed in a Zoom call. Students most likely have smartphones or access to a computer/internet but perhaps not at the time of the scheduled Zoom call. Placing materials such as readings and lectures online and activities (discussions and assignments) in Canvas minimizes the stress on students. Zoom is an excellent tool that can complement instruction in Canvas. See the tips and strategies below to learn more about how to accommodate students who may be unable to log into the Zoom meeting. 

Equipment Needed:

  • Device with a good internet connection
  • Headphones or earbuds with microphone (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Web camera (optional, preferred for face-to-face contact) 

Installing Zoom

Logging in to Zoom 

  1. Go to https://umsystem.zoom.us and sign in using your campus username and password.
  2. Edit your Zoom account profile as desired
    1. Upload a professional profile picture. Participants in your meetings see your picture if video is not enabled.
    2. Personal Meeting ID: You may leave this as default or you may change it. We recommend using your university phone number as it’s easier to remember.
    3. Personal Link: You can create a custom link which can be shared with your meeting participants at any time.

Install Zoom on your desktop or laptop

  1. Download and install the Zoom client on your desktop or laptop: 
    1. For New Zoom Users: https://umsystem.zoom.us/download. 
  2. Sign in using the SSO sign in option.
  3. Enter umsystem as the domain.
  4. Enter your username and password to log in.
  5. Click the Start with video button. For more info, please see the Zoom topic at http://teachingtools.umsystem.edu.

Install Zoom on your smartphone or mobile device

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  1. Go to https://zoom.us/download and install the Zoom Mobile App from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Sign in using the SSO sign in option.
  3. Enter umsystem as the domain.
  4. Enter your username and password to log in.
  5. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can also install the Zoom Client Plugin to allow you to share your iPhone or iPad screen to remote meeting participants during the Zoom meeting.  

Learning How to Use Zoom

Zoom offers live training Monday through Friday. The 30 minute Getting Started sessions include real-time Q&A. You can also watch recorded training sessions and online video tutorials to learn more.

UMSL's Tips on How to Use Zoom for Online Classes
Zoom Quick Guide
Adding a Zoom Session in Canvas 
Using Zoom for Virtual Meetings 
Recording and Sharing a Zoom Session 
Adding Zoom Recording from Kaltura to Canvas 
How to Set Up Your Zoom Meeting 


Tips for Hosting a Zoom Meeting

  • Zoom has a breakout room feature that allows you to put students into small groups and then bring them back for large discussion.

  • Maintain normal course scheduling as much as you can, when possible. Try to hold synchronous activities to promote community and continuity, but please don’t penalize students who cannot participate due to lack of equipment/internet, physical or material accessibility issues, poor internet access, or similar factors. 

  • As owner of the Zoom room, you can mute participants when their background noise becomes distracting.
  • Consider recording the Zoom meeting and posting the link in your Canvas course for students who were unable to join the Zoom class meeting.

  • Reconsider attendance requirements as not all students will have computing equipment or may need to care for family members at the time of the Zoom meeting. 

  • If synchronous activities aren’t possible, consider posting lecture recordings, course materials, and activities in Canvas.