Zoom: Getting Started

Zoom is an online meeting tool with microphones, cameras, screen sharing, and a whole lot more that can create an opportunity for active learning with real time conversations.


  • Zoom Link: Your instructor may share a Zoom link in your course, via a link posted in the course, emailed, or posted to the course calendar.
  • Install Zoom App: When you click to join the meeting it will attempt to launch the Zoom meeting. It may prompt you to Open the Zoom Application. If you don’t have the Zoom desktop application installed you may need to click the link in the window that says “download and run Zoom”. If you have issues installing Zoomusing that method you can visit https://zoom.us/download and install the application from their website.
  • Join Meeting Test: this is an excellent step to do before your first scheduled meeting. Visit Join Meeting Test to verify that your computer, webcam, mic, internet, etc. are all working correctly with Zoom.
  • Zoom Toolbar: Learn all the features of the various tools in the Zoom meeting toolbar.  Below you will learn about the different options you have within the Zoom toolbar that a participant would see when you are in a Zoom meeting. 

  1. Microphone: This button will Mute and Unmute your microphone. Also if you click the up arrow next to the mic icon you will have options to choose which microphone you want to use and which speakers you want to use. You will also have the option to leave the computer audio if you no longer want to use your computer audio for the meeting. You would then click the Join Audio button that appears and choose to rejoin via computer audio or you could change to join by phone call. You can also pull up Audio Options from here if you want to test your microphone or speakers. 

  2. Video: This will start and stop your video camera feed if you have a video camera connected to your computer or through your smartphone or tablet. If you click the up arrow next to the video icon you can choose which camera you want to have selected (if you have multiple cameras connected) as well as choose other video settings. 

  3. Participants: Clicking will open and close the participant window that shows you the list of participants who have joined the meeting.

  4. Share Screen: This is where you can share your computer screen (if host has enabled) to the participants in the meeting. You will have the option to share your entire desktop screen, a whiteboard, an iPhone/iPad that you may have connected, or a specific window, document, or application that you may have open on your desktop.

  5. Chat: Clicking will open and close the chat window where you can chat with all participants or to specific people.

  6. Record: Clicking this button will allow you to choose to record (if the host allows) the meeting locally to your computer or to the cloud.

  7. Leave Meeting: Clicking this will prompt a message asking if you want to leave the meeting. Click Leave Meeting to exit the meeting. 

Other Zoom Resources:

For more helpful tutorials, including live training webinars, you can visit the Zoom Help Center.

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