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Use Zoom for Online Courses

Resources for getting started using Zoom in online courses

This article applies to: Zoom


Zoom web conferencing can be a useful tool for online courses. Resources are available to help you get started.

Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation supports the Cornell teaching community with individualized services, programs, institutes, and campus-wide initiatives. Their comprehensive Preparing for Alternative Course Delivery during Covid-19 includes information about Canvas, Zoom, Panopto, Kaltura, and more. They also have a guide for Getting Started with Zoom.

Cornell Information Technologies (CIT) manages Zoom for the university, and this website focuses on Zoom features and settings that you might want to use.

First, Give It a Try Solo

  • Install Zoom on Your Computer
  • Start a Test Meeting
  • Try Audio, Video, and Screen Sharing Options
  • Look at the Participants and Chat Windows
  • End Your Test Meeting

Learn how to give it a try solo

Set a Couple of Meeting Preferences

  • Mute on Entry
  • Attendee Ability to Share Their Screen
  • Personal Meeting ID and Link

Learn how to set a couple of meeting preferences

Have a Meeting Right Now

  • Invite Someone. Don’t Know Who To Invite? Try Us!
  • Mute and Unmute Your Attendees
  • Share Your Screen
  • End the Meeting

Learn how to have a meeting right now

Get Past Technical Difficulties

  • “Unstable Connection” or Slow Internet Connection?
  • The Alternative Host and Keeping the Meeting Active

Learn how to get past technical difficulties

Other Resources

  • Cornell Center for Teaching Innovation
  • Cornell Information Technologies (CIT)
  • Cornell HR
  • Other Higher Ed Institutions and Organizations
  • Online Training

Learn about other resources

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 9:36am

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