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Zoom is a cloud-based videoconferencing and collaboration platform. With Zoom you have the flexibility to create virtual classrooms and invite students to join from their desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Students can also share content from their devices such as PowerPoint presentations, and YouTube videos.
Zoom at UND is intended to be used for instructional classroom purposes only. Prior Adobe Connect live/synchronous courses will receive first priority for use of Zoom.
Sign In To Zoom
- Go to UND.zoom.us
- Click Sign In
- On the NDUS Sign In page, enter your NDUS.Identifier username and password (same as used for Blackboard and Campus Connection)
- From the drop-down menu, scroll towards the bottom and select und.zoom.us
- Click Sign In
Accessing a Zoom Class Session (Students)
- Your instructor will post a link to your Zoom session in your Blackboard course or share the link by email prior to your first class session, if Zoom is being used.
- Please contact your instructor if you do not know the URL for your class.
Create a Free Zoom Account or Request a Zoom License
Create a Zoom Account
- Sign into Zoom using the Sign In instructions above to create your free* Zoom account. *This allows you to host meetings for up to 40 minutes.
Request a Zoom License (Faculty/Staff only)
- Follow the steps above to sign in and create your free Zoom account (must be done first).
- Complete a License Request Form to convert your free account to a pro licensed account. You must have a pro license to conduct meetings past the 40 minute time limit with three or more participants and to record to the Zoom server.
- You will receive an email when your pro license has been applied to your account.
- Due to a limited number of pro licenses, a license must be requested each semester. Pro licenses will be removed one week after the end of the semester unless a request is submitted for the upcoming semester. Instructors previously using Adobe Connect will receive first priority for pro licenses.
System Requirements and Test Meeting
Zoom has a wide variety of training resources including video tutorials and live training sessions.
Getting Started Tutotorials
Meeting Host Tutorials
Set up a Zoom Session in Blackboard
- You must have a Pro account first (see Request a Zoom License above)
- Enter the Blackboard course where you will be using Zoom.
- Under the Control Panel within the menu on the left, select Customization > Tool Availability
- Scroll to the bottom of the list to locate the Zoom Meeting tool and check the box to enable the tool. Click Submit
- Within the course menu, click the + option at the top to add a Tool Link.
- Provide your desired name for the Tool link (Zoom Meetings, Virtual Class Meetings, etc.). Click the drop-down next to Type: and select Zoom Meeting at the bottom of the list. Check the box to make the link Available to Users, if you are ready for the link to be visible to students. Click submit to create the Tool link to Zoom in the course menu.
- Locate and move the Zoom tool link you just created to the desired location within the course menu.
- Click on the Zoom tool link within the course menu to launch the Zoom meeting. This will be how your students access Zoom for your live sessions.
- To edit the settings for your Zoom session, log in to https://und.zoom.us/ and select the Meetings tab to locate your newly created meeting. The Topic should include the name of your Blackboard course.
- Click the name of the meeting to access the meeting settings. Scroll down towards the bottom and click Edit this Meeting, to edit any of the settings for the meeting. Polls can also be added on the bottom of this page. Note: Do not adjust the Time or Topic for your meeting if you created it through Blackboard. This could cause the link to your meeting within Blackboard to break.
Schedule a Recurring Class Session or Meeting from the Zoom website.
- Note: Select "No Fixed Time" for the meeting Recurrence when creating a class link that will be used throughout the semester.
- Copy the Join URL and add it to your Blackboard course for students.
- Using Meeting Host Controls
- Getting Started with Breakout Rooms
- Recording - There are currently two options for recording in Zoom: Cloud or Local Recording.
- Creating a Cloud Recording - Instructors who have a Pro license and previously used Adobe Connect are able to use Cloud Recording. Due to limited space and high costs for video storage, recordings will be removed one week after the end of the semester. Recording storage will be monitored throughout the semester and quotas may be enforced as needed. Instructors are able to download and save local copies of their recordings at any time.
- Creating a Local Recording - Free Zoom accounts and faculty/staff with Pro licenses who did not previously use Adobe Connect will only have the option for creating Local Recordings. Local recordings can be copied to OneDrive or DropBox and shared with participants as needed. Due to file size, local recordings should not be uploaded to Blackboard as a file.
Register for a Live Training Webinar
- Zoom offers recurring live webinars lasting 60 minutes in length
- Register for Host Basics Live Training Webinar
- Register for Advanced Meeting Host Live Training Webinar
- Watch recorded training sessions
- During the Summer and Fall of 2017, instructors from various disciplines participated in a pilot of Zoom.
- Participants completed a survey at the end of the pilot and the results showed that faculty and students were pleased with the reliability and ease of use of Zoom.