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Zoom is provided free of charge for current faculty, staff, students, and affiliates at all Cornell campuses. To get started, activate your Cornell Zoom account. You can join meetings by using your web browser or with the Zoom software (how to install). Attendees of Zoom meetings do not need to be affiliated with Cornell.
- Quick-start guides for teaching with Zoom
- Weill Cornell Medicine faculty and staff instructions for Zoom
Meetings vs. Webinars
A meeting is a Zoom event where one person is the host and all other participants have equal footing. The host can share hosting responsibilities with other participants. Any participant can share their screen. A basic meeting can have up to 300 participants, and a Large Meeting option for up to 500 participants is available.
A webinar is a more controlled environment. While there is no minimum size for a webinar, more people can attend (up to 1,000 under special circumstances). You can designate up to 25 video presenters. The rest of the participants can join in live polling, Q&A, etc.
The first time they log in to the Zoom website, all faculty, staff, students, and affiliates will be provisioned with licenses that allow them to conduct meetings with up to 300 participants. Video is available. Audio is limited to "join by computer" and calling a toll (long-distance) number. A variety of license upgrades are available.