Facilitate teaching and learning

Use Zoom for virtual classrooms, online learning, group discussions and more. 

Ways of Leveraging Zoom for Teaching & Learning

  • Online Office Hours - You can use Zoom to hold one-on-one or group meetings with your students. Zoom allows you to share your screen so you can discuss course materials, grades, and assignments.

  • Online Classroom - You can hold a lecture or interactive class entirely online with Zoom. There is also the ability to leverage screen sharing to present websites, documents, websites and more. Zoom even allows you to create Breakout Rooms so students can work in smaller groups to answer a question or work on a case study. You can then bring everyone back to the main virtual room to discuss what they worked on.

  • Guest Speakers - Zoom allows you to easily bring in a guest speaker for your course without worrying about the logistics of bringing them to campus. Web conferencing not only allows your students to hear a guest speaker but interact and ask questions as well.

  • Group Projects - Students can use Zoom to conduct group meetings and share content without you being present or having to set up the meeting. 

  • Record Lectures in Advance - You can use Zoom to record your lectures and students can view the session in their own time.

Getting Started

  1. Visit is.oregonstate.edu/zoom
  2. Click "Log in to Zoom"
  3. Complete OSU Single Sign-on/DUO process
  4. Once you've successfully signed in, your Zoom account is automatically established

You MUST download the Zoom application to your computer.

  1. Visit zoom.us/download
  2. Download and Run the "Zoom Client for Meetings"
  3. Upon opening the Zoom client, select "Sign in with SSO"
  4. Type "oregonstate" for the company domain
  5. Click continue and a webpage with the OSU sign-in will appear
  6. Sign-in and select "Open zoom.us" from the pop-up window


​​​If you're using breakout rooms, polls, or other advanced Zoom features, you'll need to edit your global Zoom settings to configure these functions to your preferences and class meeting needs. 

  1. Review your Zoom settings: Zoom Default Settings and Recommended Settings for Faculty and Advisors
  2. Login to Zoom at your is.oregonstate.edu/zoom to change your settings

It’s important to check for Zoom updates because functionality is constantly being added and improved. Encourage students to do the same.

Using Zoom in the Classroom

Please see Getting Started with Zoom in the Classroom for instructions and a tutorial for a video demonstrating these functions.

Please see Using Zoom Video in the Classroom for instructions and a tutorial for a video demonstrating these functions.

See Using Zoom Audio in the Classroom for instructions and a tutorial for a video demonstrating these functions.

See Using Zoom Content Sharing in the Classroom for instructions and a tutorial for a video demonstrating these functions.


See Using a Classroom Document Camera in Zoom for instructions and a tutorial for a video demonstrating these functions.

Schedule a Meeting and Invite Students

Before you begin, you must have Zoom enabled in a Canvas course. Click here to find out how.

  1. Click "Zoom" from the left menu
  2. Click "Schedule a New Meeting"
  3. Enter class title/name/number
  4. Enter the class start date
  5. Enter the class duration
  6. If a recurring meeting, enter those parameters
  7. Enter the Meeting Options per your preference
  8. Click "Save"

Your TAs can also schedule a class meeting on your behalf.

Students will be able to join the meeting by clicking on "Zoom" in the left-hand menu, then clicking the "Join" button next to that day's occurrence of your class meeting.

Start and Run your Meeting

  1. Login to Canvas
  2. Click "Zoom" in the left-hand menu in your Canvas course
  3. Click the "Start" button next to that day's occurrence of your class meeting
  1. Within a Zoom Meeting, there are a number of controls along the bottom of the screen
  2. Click "Join Audio" to connect using your speakers/microphone or a telephone
  3. Click "Start Video" to start your video
  4. Click "Manage Participants" to see and manage your attendees
  5. Click "Screen Share" to share your screen/documents
  6. Click "Chat" to engage with your students if they are unable to hear you
  7. Click "Record" to record your meeting to the cloud

Host and Co-Host Controls in a Meeting: 

You can find more details in Zoom's support article: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362603-What-Are-the-Host-Controls-

Zoom allows for screen sharing on desktop, tablet and mobile devices running Zoom. You can share a screen, websites, Powerpoint presentations, and much more.

You can find more details in Zoom's support article: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362153-Sharing-your-screen

Breakout rooms allow you to easily place meeting attendees into sub-meetings for group discussion, activities, projects and more.

You can find more details in Zoom's support article: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206476313-Managing-Breakout-Rooms

Waiting Rooms is a Zoom Meeting feature that can be used to admit attendees into a pre-meeting room so the host can admit and remove people individually to the main Zoom session.

You can find more details in this support article: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115000332726-Waiting-Room


  1. Once you've conducted your meeting, click "End Meeting"
  2. The recording will automatically transfer to your My Media in Canvas, accessible from your course's left-hand menu
  3. You will receive an automated email once the recording is ready for you to make available to students
  4. Your recordings can be captioned, edited, and published to your Canvas course for your students to view
  1. Visit zoom.oregonstate.edu and click "Login to Zoom"
  2. Click "Reports" from the left menu options

  3. Click either "Usage" or "Meeting"
        Usage - Meetings, participants, meeting minutes
        Meeting - Registration reports, poll reports
  4. Set the From and To date range by clicking the calendar icons
  5. Click "Search"
  6. From the list of meetings, click the number listed under the Participants column, for the desired meeting
  7. A pop-up will appear with the various participant's information.
  8. From here you can select the option to Export the data, or simply copy/paste the information.

Teaching Over Video - Delivery Tips and Tricks

You can find many of the settings below when you schedule a meeting in Zoom.

  Pre-set your meeting to mute participant’s upon entry.  You can also mute/unmute individual participants or all of them at once. This helps to avoid background noise and allow your students to focus on your lesson.


  Look at the camera to create eye contact with your students. This helps to create a more personal connection while teaching over video.


  Disable attendee video by default. This cuts down on bandwidth/internet usage.


   Consider trying a Waiting Room. It’s a virtual staging area that stops your guests from joining until you’re ready. It does require you to admit every participant, so we encourage arranging a co-host to help facilitate it.

  Take a second to check chat or your student’s video (if on camera) to check-in with your students and get feedback.

  Speak as if you’re face-to-face with the class while insuring you’re at the appropriate distance from the microphone for the best audio experience.


   As a practice, you are strongly encouraged to restrict and/or disable private chat between participants while your event is going on, to cut back on distractions.

   When delivering a presentation, sharing images, files or video, give your students a moment to open or take in what you’ve shared.

   Embrace the pause. Take a moment after the end of your comments and allow for students to engage before continuing on. 

   Use the Participants list to remove unwanted or disruptive participants.

   Manage screen sharing ability. You can restrict this — before the meeting and during the meeting in the host control bar — so that you’re the only one who can screen-share.