What is it?

Zoom is a commonly used synchronous communication and collaboration tool that allows you to host video conferencing or webinar-type meetings with individuals, groups, and your students. Zoom functions as your online classroom space, and features like chat, polling, screen sharing, and breakout rooms can be particularly useful for faculty and students.

Why is this useful?

Zoom is useful because synchronous class meetings can be an important component of well-constructed online and hybrid courses, and can help build a sense of community among your students. It is also important because it is the most direct way to move courses online with short notice. For those faculty teaching online due to COVID-19, Zoom may provide the clearest analogue to your existing classroom practices, and is quickly becoming the de facto standard for live web conferencing in higher education.

How do I use it at Carleton?

We recommend that you do not post any Zoom links on a public website, though you can post them in Moodle courses, as URL access is then protected by the sign-in to the course.

To use a Carleton Licensed Zoom account:

  1. Visit carleton.zoom.us [not just zoom.us]
  2. Click Sign in
  3. Log in using the SSO, Single Sign On, option. (This should take you to a Carleton login window.)

Once established, you can schedule meetings through Zoom’s online interface or by using Google Calendar and the Zoom for GSuite Plugin–rather than a browser extention. Discover more information on video conferencing.

To create a new Zoom session in Moodle:

  1. Log into your Moodle course.
  2. Navigate to the place where you’d like your class Zoom links to appear. 
  3. Click Add Activity or Resource and select Zoom from the list.
  4. Once Zoom is added, you can click Schedule a New Meeting in the upper right-hand portion of the page.  

To make sure you’re ready to use Zoom at Carleton, you might have to follow these directions: