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Using Zoom to teach remotely or hybrid classes

Zoom is a videoconferencing technology that CMU is using as its default tool for holding synchronous class sessions. It offers many features including ways to schedule class sessions, office hours, or other course-related meetings. You can present course content, hold live discussions, use breakout rooms for group work, use a shared whiteboard, and more. Here we provide a few support resources to help you get started.

Support Resources from the Eberly Center and Computing Services

I'm preparing to teach with Zoom
Eberly Center Computing Services
I'd like to consider how best to use Zoom for teaching and learning

A few best practices for teaching with Zoom

I need help matching Zoom functionality to my instructional goals and course context

Send email to: eberly-assist@andrew.cmu.edu

I have questions on secure Zoom setup or security configurations

Setting up Zoom class sessions in Canvas

securing your meetings
I'd like to invite guest speakers to my Zoom classroom

See guidelines on inviting guests into your Zoom class

requesting guest accounts

I have questions about setting up and saving Zoom recordings

zoom setup

record meetings

I want to know what the policies are for sharing my class recordings

See guidelines for sharing your Zoom class session recordings

 

Quick Start: Zoom Access and Setup

Access Zoom 

Zoom allows various access points, from the Canvas integration to the mobile app.

  1. Through a Canvas course (recommended)
  2. Using your web browser
  3. Downloading the Zoom desktop client

Login and Setup Zoom

Log into Zoom using your Andrew credentials 

Set up a Zoom meeting to hold your online class sessions.

  • Select recommended Zoom meeting settings including:
    • Enable join before host
    • Mute participants upon entry
    • *Record the meeting automatically, select to store the recording to either "In the cloud" – or – "On the local computer".

Provide Student Access

Give students access to join the Zoom meetings and recordings
  • Once a Zoom meeting is set up, you will provide the meeting link/details to students.
  • if you created your Zoom meetings using the Zoom functionality provided in Canvas, you can provide students with a one-stop shop for finding both their links to upcoming Zoom class meetings and the Zoom recordings as they become available.

Teaching and Running Sessions

Consider how you will Teach using Zoom.

Run your Zoom class sessions in Zoom and refine over time.

*Notes on Recording in Zoom

  • If you record your Zoom class session to the cloud, and if you created your Zoom meetings using the Zoom functionality provided in Canvas, you can provide students with a one-stop shop for finding both their links to upcoming Zoom class meetings and the Zoom recordings as they become available.
  • If you select to download recorded Zoom meetings to your local laptop, you will then upload the file into Canvas (or another CMU-authenticated space like CMU's Box) and provide access to only those students enrolled in the course via Canvas.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Share this link with students via your Canvas course so that you are sharing it only with students in your class. Do not share the Zoom link via any publicly accessible site.