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Zoom Videoconferencing

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a professional web video conferencing software available to everyone that combines video conferencing, online meetings, and mobile collaboration into one platform. As the officially supported videoconferencing solution for LC, it is used institution-wide for distance learning, meetings, interviews, and more.

What you need to know to connect to your Zoom Class

Before class, we recommend you download and test the Zoom software by joining a meeting at https://zoom.us/test. Our student guide will walk you through the process and will help you get familiar with the Zoom functions you’ll use to interact in your online sessions.

Visit the Zoom download page and install the ‘Zoom Client for Meetings.’ You can also schedule meetings from within Google Calendar by installing the plugins for Firefox or Chrome. This will add a button allowing you to “Make it a Zoom Meeting” when scheduling a meeting on your calendar. Helpsheets are below or join us for one of our upcoming workshops or set an individual appointment

Helpsheets

Getting Started

These resources will get you up-and-running quickly and provide a general overview of Zoom features and functionality. If you’re looking for some practice, consider starting a meeting with yourself (your computer and your phone) or contact EdTech staff for assistance.

Meeting Facilitation

Zoom includes a number of features that help ease the transition from face-to-face meetings to remote meetings. These include breakout rooms, screen sharing, polling, and more.

Recording and Posting Video

Zoom has the ability to record meetings and save the recordings either locally or to the cloud (Pro only). With Zoom’s systems experiencing heavier than normal traffic and cloud recordings only available for 30 days, the current recommendation is our users download and host the videos either in Moodle or Google.

Webinars in Zoom

Zoom Webinars are intended to accommodate larger events such as guest lectures, panel discussions, and public events. The host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio, and screen if desired. Attendees have view-only access, and interaction is limited to Q&A, chat, and answering polling questions.

Getting a Zoom License

Information Technology is provisioning Pro/Licensed accounts for all faculty to use for online and hybrid teaching for 2020-21. We have received approval to increase our Zoom license accounts to cover all employees and support student activities.

  • Faculty will be invited to create a licensed Zoom account. Don’t see your invitation? Email the IT Service Desk at itservice@lclark.edu that you need a license for your classes and we will reissue your invitation.
  • Staff who would like to request a licensed account should email itservice@lclark.edu.
  • Any community member who only temporarily needs a licensed account can request to check one out by emailing itservice@lclark.edu. The standard checkout period is one week but can be extended depending on demand.

Only the host of the Zoom meeting, the person who is initiating the meeting, needs a license and Zoom account. Participants can connect without a license. You may already have a free “Basic” Zoom account which can be used for unlimited one-to-one meetings, to create instructional video screencasts on your computer, and for short meetings (under 40 minutes) with multiple people. IT-provisioned Pro licenses will use your lclark.edu, and if you have a Basic account, you will be notified when your account is upgraded.

Additional Zoom Information Resources

The image above is a classroom temporarily set up to facilitate remote teaching by adding a camera mounted on a tripod at the front of the class to facilitate interaction.

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