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The basics of using Zoom videoconferencing software.

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What is Zoom used for?

  • Meet with students or instructor
  • Create a presentation
  • Meet with a tutor or librarian

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How do I Use Zoom?

  • Use laptop or computer (best choice)
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet

1. If you are invited to Zoom meeting, click on the link you were given.

2. You can also Download Zoom to host a meeting.  Pick the download button for your device/computer.

3. You will need a microphone to be heard and a camera to be seen on your computer. You can join with a phone number and talk on phone.



Zoom on your mobile device

Zoom mobile app: join your virtual class from your smartphone. Once you download the app, you can click the link in a meeting invite to enter the meeting ID to join

Zoom etiquette & on-camera tips

  • Mute your audio if you are not speaking.
  • Be presentable in business attire. If for some reason you cannot be presentable, turn off your video. Also consider this approach if there may be visual distractions in the frame of your camera (i.e. crazy bird, weird wall hanging, etc.). 
  • Don’t stare at your phone, your tablet, the newspaper, or something else while other people are presenting.
  • Don’t interrupt other people when they’re speaking (or attempt to speak over them)
  • Test all technology (including camera/video, Wi-Fi, and screen sharing) before the meeting.
  • Don’t work on other tasks (like checking email) during the virtual meeting.
  • Turn off all notifications and make sure your cell phone is on silent.
  • Make sure you are in a quiet area, free from distractions.
  • Do not take pictures or screenshots of the meeting and post online.