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Zoom is replacing WebEx as our web conferencing solution. What is Zoom, and what can you do with it?

With Zoom, you can:
  • Have unlimited 1:1 meetings.
  • Have 40 minute meetings with up to 100 attendees.
  • Connect with anyone with an internet connection from PC, Mac, tablet or phone.
  • Talk via phone or integrated audio via computer (VoIP).
  • Text chat with attendees.
  • Share your device screen, including audio.
  • See attendees via webcam.
  • Schedule meetings in advance and invite attendees via Outlook or other email program.
  • Record a meeting locally (free or pro) or on the web and share link with others for later viewing (pro only).

Zoom has all the same features that WebEx has, but it is much easier to use and connecting to the audio is seamless. It is also a more stable and feature-rich solution than Skype. Check out Getting Started to learn how Zoom can enhance teaching, learning, and business practices on our campus. They also offer Live Trainings often.

Everyone can get a free Basic Zoom account by visiting https://etown.zoom.us and logging in with your E-Town credentials.

Note: To use Zoom from Canvas directly, you must first login once at https://etown.zoom.us so that your Zoom account gets created first.

A limited number of pro accounts are available as needed. Additional features of pro accounts can be found here. Contact Linda Macaulay to request a pro account and include the dates needed.

For the best experience in Zoom, what do I need?
  • high speed internet connection, wired preferred
  • headset with mic
  • computer
What if I don't have these things?
  • Zoom offers a phone number to call for audio so anyone without internet could still call in to listen.
  • If wireless internet is available, position your computer as close to the router as possible to get the best signal.
  • If you only have a built-in webcam/mic, consider muting your mic when not speaking and keep your speaker volume lower to reduce echo for others. Or, use the phone for audio instead.
  • Zoom has an app for mobile phones and tablets that works well for participants, but has some limitations on features, especially for meeting hosts.

The Zoom app homepage looks like this. You can create a new meeting, join a meeting, schedule a meeting or share your screen. Using the bar along the top, you can also chat, see information about your meetings, and see your contact list.


But I need more than 40 minutes??
Learning is more effective when chunked into smaller, related content.  Consider ending the meeting before the 40 minute mark, taking a stretch/coffee break and then restart the meeting again. 
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