Zoom Basic Features


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What is Zoom?

Zoom is a web conferencing system that offers a variety of interactive features to help you collaborate and connect online. Zoom can be used to host an unlimited number of classes, office hours and meetings online that can last up to 24 hours.  It is available at https://umd.zoom.us and as an integration in ELMS-Canvas. 

Your University of Maryland Zoom account supports meetings with up to 300 participants. You can increase your participant limit to 1000 by contacting the Service Desk.

Support articles covering features such as polling, chat, file sharing and desktop sharing support engagement and collaboration are available. Sessions can be scheduled on the fly or in advance. Sessions can be recorded and will be saved locally when you end the meeting. 

IMPORTANT: Certain student, faculty and staff information and privacy are protected by federal, state and other laws. Be sure you are meeting legal standards when using UMD audiovisual recording systems. Learn how to protect yourself and other UMD community members by reading this article on how to protect student privacy and personally-Identifiable Information in UMD audiovisual recording systems.

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Sign in to Zoom from umd.zoom.us

To access any of the Zoom features below, go to umd.zoom.us. Click Sign in and login with your university credentials.

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Using Zoom in ELMS-Canvas

DIT has tailored student and instructor guides for University of Maryland (UMD) ELMS-Canvas courses.

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Create an instant Zoom meeting

Zoom provides step-by-step instructions on how to host a video meeting.

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Join a Zoom meeting

You can join a Zoom meeting from a variety of invitations and devices. Each meeting has a unique 9, 10 or 11-digit number called a meeting ID that is required to join a Zoom meeting. If you are joining by phone, you'll need the teleconferencing number provided in your invitation. Meeting Hosts have the capability to disable the Waiting Room feature. If this feature is not disabled, participants with non-UMD identities will be held in the Waiting Room until the meeting hosts admit them. For more information, please see Zoom Waiting Room Requirement: Managing Meeting Access for UMD and External Collaborators.

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Schedule a future Zoom meeting

Zoom provides instructions and video tutorial on scheduling meetings. Meeting Hosts have the capability to disable the Waiting Room feature. If this feature is not disabled, participants with non-UMD identities will be held in the Waiting Room until the meeting hosts admit them. For more information, see Zoom Waiting Room Requirement: Managing Meeting Access for UMD and External Collaborators. Follow these instructions to schedule a meeting in ELMS as an instructor.

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Invite others to a Zoom meeting in progress

It's easy to invite others to a meeting already in progress. Learn how to send out an instant meeting invite.

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Setting scheduling privilege

If you need to let others schedule meetings on your behalf, follow Zoom's instructions for sharing scheduling privileges.

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