Zoom Overview

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Zoom is the new web-conferencing tool available for use in all FSU courses and replaces our previous Bb Collaborate web-conferencing tool. If you are a student, find out more about Zoom here.

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Using the Canvas Integration
Bypassing Canvas Integration to Use Zoom
Student Resources

Using the Canvas Integration

Always log into FSU's Canvas using canvas.fsu.edu.
This helps to ensure the smoothest experience for you and your students.

Step 1: Activate your Zoom account via the Canvas integration

You will need to follow these steps the first time you enable Zoom in a Canvas course. If you then choose to enable Zoom in your other courses, you will only need to enable Zoom on the course navigation menu - you will not need to do any Zoom account activation beyond that.

Step 2: Recommendations for configuring settings in your Zoom user profile

Though you can schedule a meeting without adjusting any of your user settings, we strongly recommend that you set up your user settings before scheduling a meeting in order to ensure the smoothest experience for both you and your students. Some tools will not be available for use until you enable them in your user profile.

Step 3. Using the Canvas Zoom integration

Basics:

Optional Meeting Features:

Best practice recommendations

  • Scheduling Zoom meetings:
    • Always log into FSU's Canvas using canvas.fsu.edu. This helps to ensure the smoothest experience for you and your students.
    • Always check the box to automatically record meetings so that you don't have to remember to manually start recording during a meeting.
    • Don't require a password for students to join the meeting.
    • Have a plan of how you would like your meeting to flow. What tools will you use? In what order will you present your information? We recommend planning the structure of your meeting and taking the time to become familiar with any tool that you wish to use before the scheduled meeting time.
    • Post a Canvas announcement in your course to let students know the date and time of your Zoom meeting.
  • Sharing recorded Zoom meetings: 
    We recommend downloading the recorded meetings to your local computer and then uploading the meeting video into your Kaltura account. Once the meeting is in your Kaltura account you can share it with your students in a variety of ways.

If you run into any trouble, please contact ODL Technical Support at 850-644-8004 or canvas@fsu.edu.

Bypassing Canvas Integration to Use Zoom

Step 1: Access your Zoom account via ITS's Zoom page

Login with your FSU credentials at its.fsu.edu/zoom.

Step 2: Recommendations for configuring settings in your Zoom user profile

Though you can schedule a meeting without adjusting any of your user settings, we strongly recommend that you set up your user settings before scheduling a meeting in order to ensure the smoothest experience for both you and your students. Some tools will not be available for use until you enable them in your user profile.

Step 3: Scheduling a meeting and sharing it with your students

You can schedule the meeting and then share the join URL with your students via a Canvas course announcement or calendar event. Learn more here.

Step 4: Using Zoom meetings

Basics:

Optional Meeting Features:

Best practice recommendations

  • Scheduling Zoom meetings:
    • Always check the box to automatically record meetings so that you don't have to remember to manually start recording during a meeting.
    • Don't require a password for students to join the meeting.
    • Have a plan of how you would like your meeting to flow. What tools will you use? In what order will you present your information? We recommend planning the structure of your meeting and taking the time to become familiar with any tool that you wish to use before the scheduled meeting time.
    • Post a Canvas announcement in your course to let students know the date and time of your Zoom meeting.
  • Sharing recorded Zoom meetings:
    We recommend downloading the recorded meetings to your local computer and then uploading the meeting video into your Kaltura account. Once the meeting is in your Kaltura account you can share it with your students in a variety of ways.

If you run into any trouble, please contact ODL Technical Support at 850-644-8004 or canvas@fsu.edu.

Student Resources

As a student, you can use a laptop/desktop, or a mobile device to join Zoom meetings that your instructor schedules. However, please keep in mind that you may have the best quality experience on a laptop or desktop device. If you do wish to use the Zoom mobile app on a mobile device, we recommend installing the app on your mobile device before you try to join a Zoom meeting from that device. Regardless of which device you choose to use, we recommend that you Join this test meeting to ensure that your device meets the system requirements and become familiar with Zoom's interface. If you experience any difficulty joining this test room, review the System requirements for desktop/laptop devices or System requirements for mobile devices to ensure that your device meets these guidelines.

Basics:

Additional features:

If you run into any trouble, please contact ODL Technical Support at 850-644-8004 or canvas@fsu.edu.

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