Zoom is one of the two synchronous conferencing platforms licensed by JMU for faculty, staff, and students.
Starting November 3, 2020, all JMU faculty & staff need to log in with their JMU eID, password & Duo to access Zoom at JMU. Please follow the steps that apply to you:
If you have a personal Zoom account connected to your @jmu.edu email address (or a @dukes.jmu.edu address), you must transfer that personal account to JMU’s license:
If you never had a personal Zoom account, follow these steps to activate your JMU account with Zoom:
If you haven't used Zoom yet, activate your JMU Zoom for Education license by selecting Sign In - Configure Your Account. See 1 on the screenshot below. Sign in with your JMU eID, password & Duo.
If you already hold a Zoom license tied to your JMU email, your profile & scheduled meetings will transfer to our enterprise license after you select Sign In from https://jmu-edu.zoom.us. See the 1 on the screenshot below. If you bought a yearly subscription, Zoom will email you with options for a prorated refund. Monthly subscriptions may not be refunded with prorated time.
Once you sign in, you may want to update your profile picture, name, title, etc. on Zoom. You can also adjust personal settings on this page (see arrows on screenshot below), including virtual backgrounds, settings permissions for student sharing, closed captioning, and polls.
If you already had Canvas open, you may need to refresh your browser for the new settings to become active. Zoom should now be available within your course in the left menu.
Click on Zoom within your Canvas course. Click on Schedule a New Meeting. See 2 & 3 on the screenshot:
A new window will open. You can add course details. If the class meeting will be recurring, click the checkbox for Recurring Meeting & select the corresponding times for your course. See the arrow on the screenshot:
Scroll to the bottom of that page to find settings for your course meeting. We recommend selecting Waiting Room, unchecking Enable join before host, and selecting Mute participants upon entry. See arrows on the screenshot below. You do not need to select Only authenticated users can join as all of your students should be authenticated with their JMU eIDs. Once you're ready, click Save.
Once you click Save, your course meeting will become available to both you and your students.
You may want to share Polls prior to class. See the arrows on the screenshot below. More information on Polls is on the Polling page from Zoom.
Go to your Canvas course. Click on the Zoom link on the left menu in Canvas. You'll see all of your meetings within Zoom, including meetings not related this class (your students in this class will not see the meetings not related to this class). If you want to see only course meetings, use the checkbox to Show my course meetings only. When ready, click Start. See 5 on the screenshot:
After clicking Start, the Zoom website will launch & may ask you to download Zoom. Click Open zoom.us. See the arrow on the screenshot:
Now you'll see the actual Zoom application. Click Join with Computer Audio. See the arrow on the screenshot:
You may want to record your course meeting. The Record button is located in the menu at the bottom of the screen. You'll see 2 options: Record on this Computer & Record to the Cloud. See 6 on the screenshot below. Saving your recording "to the cloud" via Zoom will allow you and your students to find the recording within Canvas for 60 days, without you having to manually upload the video after class. Due to an institutional storage limit, your Zoom recordings will be automatically deleted 60 days after they were created. If you want alternate ways to keep recordings longer than 60 days, see the Zoom Cloud Recording Storage guide from JMU IT.
After class is over, you and your students will be able to access your recordings in Canvas under the Zoom Cloud Recordings tab, after the video processes. See the arrow on the screenshot:
Step 1. Configure your account
If you haven't used Zoom yet, configure your JMU Zoom license. If you've already configured your account, move on to step 2.
Step 2. Activate breakout rooms
Go to Zoom Settings. Go to In Meeting (Advanced). Toggle ON the Allow host to split meeting participants into separate, smaller rooms setting. Check the Allow host to assign participants to breakout rooms when scheduling setting, as shown in the screenshot:
Step 3. Decide the type of breakout room you want
You have 4 options for breakout rooms (click one to jump to instructions):
First, ensure your students are using their JMU accounts in Zoom. For breakout rooms to work, students must be using Zoom with their dukes.jmu.edu email address.
Then, create or schedule a Zoom meeting. Click the Breakout Rooms option in the control panel. Enter the number of breakout rooms you want to create. You will see automatic or manual options. Choose Automatically if you want the breakout rooms to be created randomly and automatically, then click the Create Breakout Rooms button, as in the screenshot below:
Optional: You can make a Teaching Assistant or Team Teacher a host. To pass host control to another person, click Manage in the host controls. This will open the participant list. Hover your mouse over the name of the person you want to make the host and click More. Click Make Host.
Once you're viewing the Breakout Rooms panel, you will be able to assign participants to rooms and set a timer. You can also Recreate breakout rooms, or Add new rooms. See the screenshot:
If you have scheduled recurring meetings, pre-assigned breakout rooms will work only if applied to all meetings in the recurrence. You cannot edit a single meeting in the recurrence and apply a unique pre-assignment.
To pre-assign students to breakout rooms, first download this template from Zoom. Use it to create a csv file with your class roster (using only @dukes.jmu.edu accounts). Then, create or schedule a Zoom meeting. In Meeting Options, check the Breakout Room pre-assign option. Select Import from csv. Upload the csv file you prepared. See screenshot:
The screen will then look like the below screenshot. Click Save.
When the meeting starts, activate breakout rooms with the Control Panel. The breakout rooms will have pre-assigned participants in place. You can assign new participants or non-pre-assigned participants to existing rooms, as in the screenshot below:
You can Broadcast a message to all breakout rooms or set a timer to end the session.
If both the host (you) and all participants (students) are using the Zoom desktop software or the Zoom mobile app (iOS or Android), version 5.3.0 or later, you can allow participants to choose breakout rooms. The proper version of the desktop software or mobile app can be downloaded from https://zoom.us/download2. Students will not be able to self-select their breakout rooms with the web browser version of Zoom.
To allow students to choose breakout rooms without pre-assigned rooms:
If you have questions about breakout rooms, please see more information from Zoom on using breakout rooms or visit Utilizing Breakout Rooms.
You can see what your students will see by going to Settings and then clicking on Student View on the right side of the screen. See arrow in the screenshot:
Navigate back to the Zoom page in Canvas and you'll see what a student sees, which will be a button to Join the meeting. See the arrow in the screenshot below. Students will also have access to Cloud Recordings. Click Leave Student View when done.
JMU faculty and students have access to training videos from LinkedIn Learning.
You're encouraged to watch the Learning Zoom LinkedIn Learning course, which is 80 minutes long. Log in with your JMU credentials.
JMU Libraries provides additional training for teaching and learning with Zoom.
If you’ve already used Zoom but want to know something specific about one of the features, we recommend one of the top 10 training resources from Zoom.com:
Zoom provides information on how to configure video settings for Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS. Scroll down on this page and choose your operating system for video configuration instructions.
As the word "Zoom" became synonymous with video conferencing, a new trend of breaking into synchronous meetings has also grown. This is now commonly referred to as "zoom-bombing." The best way to prevent this is to ensure that your meeting has a password and that neither the session ID number nor the password are ever shared on social media. Learn more about zoom-bombing in ‘Zoombies’ Take Over Online Classrooms, an April 2020 article from Inside Higher Ed.
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