Zoom is an online meeting tool that allows you to hold real-time video, chat or audio meetings with up to 40 students at a time. It is free to use for meetings lasting up to forty minutes. This lesson will help you setup your Zoom account so that you can schedule office hours and other synchronous video, audio, and screen sharing meetings with your students.
Sign up for a Zoom account
Before you can use Zoom to hold an online discussion you will need to sign up for a Zoom account. (Your students will not need to sign up for an account to attend your meetings.)
Step 1: Navigate to http://www.zoom.us
This is the page where you can sign up for your free account.
Step 2: On the Zoom home page, enter your preferred email address
This will be your Zoom login.
Step 3: Check your email
Visit your email inbox and open the email from Zoom.us. Click the link provided in the email to activate your account.
Step 4: Activate your account
After clicking the link you'll be given the opportunity to activate your account. Do this by providing your First Name, Last Name, a Password, and confirm the Password then click Activate.
Step 5: Update your profile
After activating your account you will have the choice of viewing the Overview video, Getting Started video or accessing the Support Center. Feel free to use these to learn more about Zoom. However we recommend that you first start by updating your profile by clicking on the 'Go' button.
Your Profile page contains the URL that you or your students can use to start a synchronous learning session.
If you want to retrieve your personal Zoom URL in the future, simply return to your profile page at https://zoom.us/profile.
After you have set up your Zoom account you can add your profile URL to an calendar event such as office hours. Click here to learn how to add Zoom to a Content Page or Calendar Event.