Zoom Quick Start

Here are some quick videos to help get you started with some of the basic features in Zoom. These videos will go over some of the functionalities that will assist you in transitioning smoothly from face-to-face to online instruction.

Keep Zoom Secure - Be aware that both the host and participants’ videos default to “On” when scheduling a meeting. Additionally, to avoid privacy concerns, please make your participants aware if recording. Finally, instructors must sign-in once through the UF Zoom website in order to create their account before using Zoom through Canvas.

Keep Students Engaged – This resource provides are a variety of techniques that can be used in synchronous class meetings to keep students engaged.

Getting Started with Zoom Guide

How do I use the Zoom desktop app?

Joining, Hosting, or Starting a meeting using Zoom for the first time will automatically prompt you to download the Zoom app. Once the app has downloaded, sign in by clicking on “Sign in with SSO” and using your UFID and password. See the video or read through Zoom’s “Getting Started” page below to learn more about using the app.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE LATEST ZOOM DESKTOP CLIENT FOR YOUR COMPUTER. Always keep your Zoom desktop client up to date. Learn how you can download the latest version of Zoom desktop client or check for updates.

Starting with the Zoom Desktop Client 

Getting Started with Zoom on Windows and Mac

Holding virtual office hours

Your Zoom personal meeting room can be used to host virtual office hours.  Using the waiting room feature will allow you to speak with one student at a time, and you can let students in to the meeting as needed.  See the links below for information on using your personal meeting room for scheduled meetings and using the waiting room feature.  Please note that all Personal Meeting ID sessions will (at some point) be required to use passwords.

Using Personal Meeting ID

Using Waiting Room

Scheduling a meeting

To hold synchronous class meetings with your students, you will need to schedule a Zoom meeting. You can schedule a meeting both through ufl.zoom.us and through your Canvas course in e-Learning. The video below explains this process in detail.

Schedule Meetings in Zoom [Video :00:01:01: mm:ss]

Using the breakout rooms

If you have a larger class or would like to split your class up into discussion groups or partners, you can do so using Zoom’s Breakout Room feature. See the video below for an introduction on how to create breakout rooms.

Zoom Breakout Rooms [Video 00:02:48 mm:ss]

Zoom Whiteboard

Zoom Whiteboard is a tool that gives instructors and students an expansive virtual whiteboard with multiple pages to share ideas, visualize course concepts, and collaborate to solve problems. With a variety of intuitive features and tools including sticky notes, shapes, templates, and more, the possible uses of Zoom Whiteboards are endless (but here are some Zoom Whiteboard Tips for Teaching). Zoom Whiteboards can be accessed and edited at any time, making it a great tool for both synchronous and asynchronous activities. Instructors and students can easily share whiteboards with a link and manage user access permissions. 


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