Zoom Web Conferencing
Getting Started for Hosts and Meeting Participants
Before You Start visit the Host and Participant Help Center
Zoom is a web conferencing tool that is a reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. It works best when you are using the Zoom Desktop Client on a Mac or Windows , a headset or headphones, a good internet connection, and after you have explored the Zoom Connect Test Meeting.
Preparing For a Meeting
Prepare Your Computer
Download Zoom Software and Run a Connection Test
Download and install the Free Zoom Client Software for Mac or Windows. Open the Zoom Connection Test Meeting to ensure your browser/software is working, your Internet speed is sutiable, microphone and web cam are functioning, as well as familiarizing yourself with the meeting layout.
For best meeting results try to use a wired internet connection instead of wireless. If you must use wireless then place your computer as close as possible to your internet router. If you are using public hot-spots at a restaurant or cafe then there will not be enough bandwidth available and it will cause issues during your meeting.
If joining the meeting via a browser, download the Zoom Launcher plug-in. All browsers work with Zoom, but the desktop client is ideal. If you are unsure what browser you have and whether it is updated then the "What's My Browser" website can tell you what you have.
Prepare your Audio Device
Important: Verify that your headset, headphones, or microphone, as well as your web cam are plugged in before you open the meeting and before you open your browser.
- Right-click the speaker icon at the bottom right of your screen by the clock and then click "recording devices"
- Click on your desired microphone and select "set as default"
- Note: If the bars are very faint then you can increase audio levels by clicking "preferences" for that microphone
- On Mac OS open the System Preferences by clicking the Apple icon in the top left of the screen
- Click on the Sound option setting
- Select the "output" tab and select the USB headset audio output device you would like to use
- Use the "input" tab and select the microphone you would like to use
- Note: If the bars are very faint then you can increase audio levels by moving the "input volume" slider for that microphone
Access the Meeting Room
Your instructor will send you the unique web URL address that will give you access to their Zoom class meeting session. This link might be posted in your online BrightSpace D2L course or it might have been sent to you in an email. If you don't know the address then please contact your instructor. At Pellissippi you will always join a Zoom session as a guest. Please type in your first and last name so your instructor knows who you are.Note: You may want to join your first Zoom meeting a little early to verify your settings.
Participating in a Meeting
Raising your Hand
Once you have joined the meeting you will have the ability to raise your hand among other options, as well as chat with your instructor or class.
Activate the Microphone
If your instructor has enabled your microphone then you will see the microphone icon at the bottom of the meeting without a slash through it. The arrow next the microphone will allow you to adjust microphone volume, select microphone and speaker, and test your microphone and speaker. If your audio isn't working select "Switch to Phone Audio".
When the Microphone is green then your microphone is connected. If it is green and has a slash through it then it is connected but it is muted.