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Zoom is a full-featured web and video conferencing service that offers online meetings and webinars. Features include polling, breakout rooms, and a wide variety of audio options.

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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.

Note: Alumni are not included in the Cornell Zoom license.

Meetings vs. Webinars

A meeting is a Zoom event where one person is the host and all other participants generally have equal footing. The host can share hosting responsibilities with other participants. Any participant can share their screen, subject to the host's security settings. A webinar, on the other hand, is a more controlled environment, where hosts, co-hosts, and panelists share audio, video, or screen with participants whose interaction is limited to features like polling and Q&A.

For additional detail, visit What's a Zoom Meeting? What's a Zoom Webinar?


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.

View Zoom training held at Cornell.

Graduating, resigning, retiring, or otherwise leaving Cornell? Find out what changes to expect for your Cornell Zoom account.


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