Zoom is a real-time option for video conferencing, online meetings, and collaboration. It is available to WVU instructors, staff, and students. You can connect live, via audio and video, and share presentation content. You can create breakout groups for collaboration. The meeting can be recorded for students who miss it. Additionally, students with poor internet connectivity can split the video and audio between computer and phone, or can dial-in for an audio only connection.
Where to Find It
By signing in through the WVU portal below you get a licensed account automatically.
Activate your account at wvu.zoom.us.
How to Use It
Zoom can be scheduled external from eCampus or can be scheduled from right inside
your eCampus shell. (You can find it under the Tools menu. Look under More Tools
for Zoom Meetings.) With the exception of couple settings, meetings are handled
the same wherever they are scheduled.
We have prepared a TLC Guide to Zoom.
- Watch our archived Zoom webinar [55 minutes].
- Learn how to sign-in with SSO
- Learn about options for Zoom security.
- Use Zoom through eCampus.
- Learn about sharing Zoom recordings.
- Learn all about polling in Zoom.
- Learn about break-out rooms.
- Learn how to pre-assign participants to breakout rooms.
- Review these tips on video set-up and recording.
View more Zoom trainings directly from Zoom.
Low Internet Connectivity Tip: Zoom sessions can be scheduled ahead of time and everyone in the class can phone in.
Should I record my live virtual class sessions?
With the unusual surge of people online across the country, localized internet can be inconsistent or even non-existent due to the number of users. The Provost has requested that we be as flexible as possible with our students. The Teaching and Learning Commons encourages instructors to record any live class meetings, in case students’ connection speeds create an erratic experience, and also for those who cannot make it to class at all due to COVID-19 related child-care, illness, or work concerns. You can record your sessions to the Cloud, and only share them with students in your course. Please tell students that class recordings are intended for use by class members only.
If something happened during your live class session that you feel would be inappropriate to be shared, please reach out to the Teaching and Learning Commons for assistance. We may be able to edit out a portion of the recording so it can be shared. Local recordings or edited recordings can be uploaded to Mediasite for sharing with students.
Can I share my class recording with others?
Class recordings may only be shared with the students and instructors in that class, any other use depends on the details of the information recorded and the details of the specific use. For other uses of your live class recordings please put in a request for consultation with the Teaching and Learning Commons.
The TLC can answer basic Zoom questions, but we are not technical support.
Zoom technical support is provided by the vendor.
Managing your Virtual Classroom and Students: Zooming Responsibly
Technology has allowed us to finish out the Spring semester in an on-line format. Zoom is a virtual platform many of us are using. If you are new to Zoom, you can find some helpful tips for improving your Zoom game including how to enable the use of dual monitors, changing your digital background, using breakout rooms, creating virtual name tags, and some useful keyboard shortcuts in this Huff Post article.
This technology also opens-up other possibilities such as Zoombombing, a new form of digital trolling. It is important to familiarize yourself with these tools to enhance the virtual learning environment. As the instructor of record for a course, you are responsible for managing the virtual classroom.
Please visit the Blog by Zoom “ How to Keep the Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event.” This blog provides a short video tutorial as well as detailed information on the best practices for hosting public events including how to manage screen sharing to prevent unwanted others from taking control of the screen and sharing unwanted content with your group. There is also a list of ten strategies for managing your participants in terms of who joins and stays within your meeting (i.e., using the waiting room feature, two-factor authentication, only signed-in users can join, locking the meeting, etc.), and how to manage their behavior within those meetings (i.e., muting participants or disabling their video, removing unwanted or disruptive participants, disabling private chats, turning off annotation, etc.).
If you have any experiences of Zoombombing please report them to Zoom and to the West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s Office of Equity Assurance.