Zoom for Campus Conferencing Services
Zoom offers video and audio conferencing for meetings and classes.
Enjoy enhanced collaboration features: screen sharing, participant polling, chat, real-time annotation of documents, interactive whiteboards, and breakout rooms.
Once your account is set up, you can log in to Zoom for easy accessibility and collaboration.
If Internet connectivity problems do not allow web conferencing, instructors, students, and staff can dial in to meetings.
- View a Zoom Meeting Controls Quick Reference.
- If you are an instructor, use our Instructor Quick Start Guide to get up and running with Zoom.
- If you are staff, use our Staff Quick Start Guide to get up and running with Zoom.
- If you are a student, use our Student Quick Start Guide to get up and running with Zoom.
- Join meetings easily from your desktop or mobile device.
- Click a button to quickly add Zoom to your Outlook meetings.
- Record meetings and classes locally or to the cloud. Recordings saved to the cloud can be transcribed and searchable using Zoom’s transcription feature.
- Add Zoom meetings to your classes on Canvas for virtual office hours and student study groups.
- Consider purchasing hardware to help enhance your Zoom experience.
- Once your account is set up, you can log in to Zoom for easy accessibility and collaboration.
- Download these free UChicago virtual backgrounds to display during a Zoom meeting.
Claim a Zoom Account
All University of Chicago and UChicago Medicine instructors, staff, and students have access to a Zoom “Pro” account at no cost. Follow the instructions to claim a new Zoom account.
Zoom Audio Connect Options
As an alternative to toll-free and call-me minutes, Zoom provides computer audio and local call-in numbers for connecting to meetings.
The best way to join meeting audio is through the Computer Audio option in the Zoom client. Computer audio uses an internet connection to provide a high-quality audio experience, though quality will depend on the strength of the internet connection.
When computer audio is not an option, attendees can connect to audio by calling a local phone number. Connect to the meeting in the Zoom client as usual, then click the Join Audio button on the lower left and select Phone Call. A pop-up window will display a list of numbers to dial, the meeting ID, a Participant ID, and Passcode.
Setting up Meetings with Computer Audio Only
If hosting meetings with only computer audio is an option, change the meeting settings to opt out of telephone as a connection method.
- When scheduling a Zoom meeting, navigate to the Audio settings section of the invitation (or click on the Settings icon if scheduling a meeting in Outlook).
- Click on the Computer audio button. This will remove telephone connection methods.
Connect to Audio Using a Local Number
When scheduling a meeting, if the attendees need to connect by phone, try one of the following:
- Promote a local Zoom phone number in the meeting invitation for attendees to use.
- Let attendees know they can click the One tap mobile link from a mobile device. One tap mobile dials a local number and automatically enters the Meeting ID and passcode to connect to the meeting.
Quick Tip: Add a local Zoom Dial-in number as a contact in your phone for faster connections.