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What is Zoom, and what can you do with it?

With Zoom, you can:
  • Have 40 minute meetings with as few as 1 and as many as 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).

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 and logging in with your ETown credentials.

Note: To use Zoom from Canvas directly, you must first login once at 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 the Help Desk 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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