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Zoom is a video conferencing tool for remote meetings, online courses, and webinars. Zoom can be used on desktop computers, mobile devices, and multimedia room systems.  Sign In with SSO; click the Zoom chiclet  to access your account. 

Faculty and Staff Pro Accounts

Faculty and staff are eligible for Zoom Pro accounts which allow users to host group meetings for larger audiences and record for future playback. 

  • Cloud Video Conferencing
  • Unlimited Meeting Duration
  • Record Meetings and Save in Cloud
  • Telephone Dial-in
  • Mobile Collaboration
  • Large meetings for up to 300 participants 
  • Webinars for up to 500 attendees, 50 of which can be participants (by request)

Student Basic Accounts

Students are eligible for the Zoom Basic account which allows users to host meetings up to 40 minutes. To host longer meetings, students must purchase the Pro account directly from the Zoom website or choose other options.  We recommend no cost alternatives such as Google Hangouts or Facebook Group Chat.  A Zoom Pro account is not required to attend and participate in a Zoom meeting.

Training Resources

Video Tutorials

Get Started with Zoom in BeachBoard

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Streamline Your Zoom Experience

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Instructions for Using Zoom 

Best Practices for Zoom Meetings

View these resources developed by Zoom:

Preparing for the meeting:  

  • Find a quiet meeting location without background distractions. 
  • Use a headset or microphone for better quality audio. 
  • Get a web camera to use the camera setting for the meeting.
  • Test your audio and web camera.
  • Adjust lighting so that you are well lit and not in shadows.    
  • Test the Zoom controls (i.e. audio, video, chat, share screen, polling, break out rooms, etc.) .
  • Close unnecessary tabs in your browser and desktop.
  • Work with an interpreter from BMAC if any students are deaf or hard of hearing.

During the meeting 

  • Go over housekeeping details with attendees such as: 
    • Mute microphones when not talking. 
    • Raise hands and unmute to speak. 
    • Chat window for questions and contributions. 
    • Recording availability. 
  • Record the session by pressing the “Start the Recording” button. 
  • Look into your webcam, not at the screen.  
  • Don't forget to check the chat for questions (if you can have a second person manage this, it's much easier). 
  • Narrate the material on the screen for low/no vision students. 

After the meeting 

  • Inform students about access to the recording.  
  • Wait for all students to leave the meeting before you.  

Security Considerations

The following measures will help keep your Zoom meeting private and secure and thereby reduce the chance of unwanted attendees and disruptions.

  • Use your CSULB [sso.csulb.edu] Single Sign-On Zoom chiclet to log in to your Zoom account. 
  • Keep your Zoom meeting private and secure, rather than hosting the meeting as a public event on social media. 
  • Avoid hosting large meetings or “public” meetings using your Personal Meeting ID (PMI).
  • Review your screen sharing settings.
  • Lock your Zoom meeting once it has started and all your expected participants have joined.
  • When scheduling a meeting, under Meeting Options, select Require Meeting Password.
  • Enable the Waiting Room Feature which allows the host to control when each participant joins the meeting.
  • If you find yourself with a disruptive participant in your meeting, you can remove them. Click on Participants at the bottom of your Zoom window then select More and Remove for the participant that you want to eject from the meeting.

Zoom has also released guidance for users who want to protect themselves from Zoom-bombing - How to Keep the Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event.

Related Reading: Security tips every teacher and professor needs to know about Zoom, right now, from Ars Technica

Accessibilty in Zoom