Introduction to Zoom
Zoom is a video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client; a web client; and a mobile app. It can easily be linked to your Moodle course site to make it easier for students to Join meetings and access recordings.
When providing synchronous online instruction, Zoom could help you:
- Facilitate small-group discussions
- Hold regularly scheduled office hours
- Meet with a student to provide extra help
- Conduct oral examinations.
We do not recommend live videoconferencing, via Zoom or any tool, for classes that are primarily lecture, for classes with more than a dozen or so students, or for long classes. In general, we recommend asynchronous modes of instruction when possible, such as:
If you are considering videoconferencing, experiment with Zoom until you are confident it is the best tool for your course. This will also help you become aware of different challenges that might arise when using it.
Zoom is a powerful tool with many features, and you will be more confident and relaxed if you test many of them before your first synchronous class meeting. Schedule a practice meeting with your teaching assistants, colleagues, or RIT staff to get a sense of what will work best for your students. Also be sure to give yourself sufficient time before each class meeting to troubleshoot any technology issues.
Getting Started with Zoom
To use Zoom for the first time, visit trincoll.zoom.us and select the blue sign in button.
From here, log in with your TC username followed by @trincoll.edu (your ‘scoped id’).
This will allow you to access the Zoom web client.
Using the Zoom Desktop Client
To download the Zoom desktop client, click Host a Meeting in the top right corner of the Zoom web client portal.
You can also download the desktop client directly from the Zoom Download Center.
After downloading the Zoom desktop client, double click the Zoom desktop icon, which looks like this:
Next, to log in with Trinity Credentials, you will need to select the SSO sign-in option.
Type “trincoll” into the Company Domain field.
Now log in with your TC username followed by @trincoll.edu (your ‘scoped id’).
The Zoom Help Center provides extensive documentation about a variety of common tasks, such as:
- Scheduling a meeting
- Scheduling a series of meetings
- Inviting your students to a meeting
- Sharing your screen during a meeting
- Recording a meeting
- Generating and editing transcripts of a recorded meeting.
You can access additional video tutorials via LinkedIn Learning.
- For assistance accessing LinkedIn Learning, see this page.