Skip to main content

Library

Zoom Video Conferencing Tool

About Zoom

Zoom is a great tool for meeting with others online. Your professor may be using Zoom to hold classes online. You can also use Zoom to meet with your classmates for group projects or study groups. This guide has information to help you get started with Zoom, including tips and tricks for using Zoom in your groups. It also has links to a few resources to help you if you want more information.

Using Zoom

Click on a question to see the answer below.

Read the Zoom Security and Privacy Guidelines for Learners to make sure you're protecting the privacy of yourself and others when using Zoom.


To schedule your own Zoom meetings, you will need to sign up for Zoom. Follow the process below .

How do I join Zoom?

  1. Sign up on the Zoom website 
  2. Download the Zoom app.

Zoom licenses are free to all students. Please note that student hosted meetings with more that 2 participants have a 40 minute time limit. Students can host meetings with up to 100 participants.

Watch a demo of how to get started: Zoom 101: Sign Up & Download


How do I schedule a meeting?

  1. Sign in to the Zoom website.
  2. Select Meetings and then Schedule a New Meeting.
  3. Fill in the details and click Save. Note: Make sure to automatically generate a new meeting ID for each meeting. Do not use your personal meeting ID.
  4. Click Copy the invitation.
  5. Paste the meeting invitation into an email and email it to your group members. 

Read more on the Zoom support website.


How do I join a meeting I scheduled?

  1. Open the Zoom desktop app.
  2. Click Meetings at the top.
  3. Select the meeting and click Start.

How do I join a Zoom meeting?

The host of the meeting will send you an email with the meeting information and link to the meeting.

  1. At the meeting time, open the meeting invitation email.
  2. Click on the meeting link.
  3. If the meeting requires registration, fill in the form and click Register, then click the meeting link.
  4. When prompted, open Zoom or download it if you have not already done so. You will then enter the meeting.

See more info in the Join a meeting video.


How do I access Zoom Classroom on Brightspace?

Your professor may set up Zoom meetings for you to join in Brightspace using the following process:

  1. Sign in to Brightspace and open a course.
  2. Under Tools, click Zoom Classroom.

You will be able to see the “Upcoming Meetings”, “Previous Meetings”, and recordings if available.

 

What is expected of me on Zoom? (Zoom etiquette)

Watch the video below to learn about what is expected of you on Zoom and how to make a good impression. 

How do I share my screen with group members or my professor?

When you are meeting with others using the desktop app, you can share your screen.

  1. Click Share Screen from the bottom menu.
  2. Choose to share your entire screen, a whiteboard, or a specific application.
  3. Click Share.

Watch the video and read the instructions on this Zoom article about Sharing your screen.


How do I demonstrate something on the screen?

  1. When viewing a shared screen, click Annotate at the top of the window.
  2. Add text, draw, etc. on the screen.

Tip: you can annotate on your own shared screen or on a screen shared by another group member.

Read more info here: Using annotation tools on a shared screen or whiteboard.


How do I record a meeting?

  1. Click Record at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select Record to the Cloud
  3. Press the Stop button in the top left to end recording.

Note: Zoom will email you when your recording is ready. It may take time. 

For more info:


How do I share a meeting I recorded to the cloud?

  1. Sign in to the Zoom website.
  2. Click Recordings.
  3. Locate the meeting you want to share; click Share.
  4. Copy the recording link; paste the link in an email to the other participant(s) in the meeting.

For more info:


How do I add a poll?

If you are the host of a meeting, you can set up a poll for your group. 

  1. Sign in to the Zoom website.
  2. Click Meetings and click to open the meeting you want.
  3. Scroll down to the Poll section and click Add.
  4. Add your question and answers and click Save.
  5. Start your meeting in the desktop app.
  6. Click Polls and then Launch Poll. Participants will see your poll.

For more info, visit: Polling for Meetings.

  • Become familiar with the basic controls and features in Zoom. Watch Zoom 101: In Meeting Controls (Basic).
  • You can use Zoom tools to participate:
    • You can "annotate" a shared screen. When you're seeing a screen that was shared by you or someone else in the meeting, you can add text, circle things you don’t understand, and more. Just click the annotate tool from the options drop-down menu at the top of the screen.
    • Use a whiteboard. When you click Share Screen, you can choose to share a built-in whiteboard. You and your group members can add text, draw on the screen and more.
    • Add comments in the chat. If you're meeting with your professor and the rest of your class, they might have everyone else's microphone muted to cut down on noise. You can still participate by adding comments in the chat box. 
    • Send and receive files in the chat. If there is something you want to share with your group members or professor, you can send it through the chat feature. Your professor may also use the chat to send files to the class.

How can I successfully work with classmates online?

Watch the video below to learn strategies for working with your peers using Zoom. 

How can I present using Zoom?

Watch the video below to learn strategies for delivering a presentation online using Zoom. 

Online Workshops

Drop-In Computer Coaching

Coaching is provided by the Student Learning Centre (SLC), at no cost, to help students improve their skills. We offer support in Computers, Math, ESL, Writing and more! Check out the Coaching website for more information