Zoom FAQs

Zoom in Blackboard (Best for Teaching Courses)

  • Video/Audio
  • Synchronous or asynchronous
  • Record session (plus audio transcript)
  • Schedule meetings in Blackboard
  • Roster integration
  • Archive ready for students in Blackboard
  • Automatic notification to all students
  • Assignments, quizzes, and post grades

Zoom Standalone (Best for Business and Research Meetings)

  • Video/Audio
  • Synchronous or asynchronous
  • Record session (plus audio transcript)
  • Schedule meetings from calendar or Zoom

Live, Synchronous Lectures/Meetings

Zoom is a video-conferencing application where many individuals can join the same meeting and share audio and video. It also allows for screen sharing and presentation mode. You can even record the session to your computer or to the cloud so that you can upload or link to it within Blackboard for students to view on demand.

Tips and Tricks:

  • As the host of the Zoom meeting, you can mute participants when their background noise becomes distracting.
  • Zoom has a breakout room feature that allows you to put students into small groups and then bring them back for large discussions.

For more best practices and information, go to:

Pre-recorded, Asynchronous Lectures and Videos with Recordings

Zoom is a simple way to record your voice and screen and upload your videos to a place where students can view it in Blackboard.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use a headset with a microphone for better audio quality. Using the earbud that connect to your phone or the microphone built into your laptop is a perfect solution 
  • You don't need to use your webcam. Say Hi! via your webcam at the beginning of the lecture and then turn it off to minimize distraction.
  • Zoom cloud records can produce automatic transcriptions that are searchable.
  • Prepare an outline of your lecture and try to stick to it. Don't worry about having pauses or verbal static (ums, ahs, etc). 
  • Put your phone away and clear your desk of any distractions.
  • Record your lecture in smaller manageable chunks, segmented by topic. Try to get close to 10-12 minutes per segment.

 Instructional Design Tips:

  • Spend less time reviewing what the student should have read in the textbook. Focus on bringing in your own expertise in how YOU interpret the concepts.
  • Tell a story of how the concepts are applied in real life.
  • Ask yourself, does this content exist anywhere else (i.e. TED talk, youtube, publisher material)? Has someone already created it? How can I build on what has already been created?

Zoom Webinar vs. Regular Zoom Meeting