This guide will help you use the Zoom software tool for your online synchronous sessions. This software is easy to use, intuitive, and presents the user and instructor an opportunity to create a dynamic learning environment. The Zoom company also has a rich set of training materials and resources for both students and instructors.
Training materials at the Zoom Help Center.
Before you begin using Zoom, there are some basic resources that you should download or view. These are documents and locations of materials that should always have at your fingertips:
It's always best to first log into your Regis Moodle LMS at https://myonline.regiscollege.edu/. Since your Moodle credentials are connected to your Regis Zoom credentials, logging into Zoom is easy. From there you can access your weekly meetings with your instructor via the Integrated Zoom App from within your course content.
If you want to create your own meetings or record your own videos, it's important to ensure you are using the correct Zoom account. If you have an existing private Zoom account or another insitutional Zoom account, you should first log out or make sure the proper Zoom domain is being used. Go to Zoom and click Sign In at the top-right corner of your screen. Scroll down and use the Single Sign On (SSO) to enter the domain of regiscollege. This will ensure you are using the correct Zoom account.
You can also access a customized Regis Zoom landing page. Go to https://regiscollege.zoom.us/ and click Sign In. This will give you access to your Regis Zoom Profile as well as properly log you into Regis Zoom.
Your instructor will post meeting information via the integrated Zoom app in your Moodle course. You can find this via the Weekly Content tab under the General module.
Click Start (if you've created the meeting) or Join on your instructor's posted Zoom link to launch a meeting. Follow the on-screen prompts.
The following Regis College video tutorial series will help you create your own Zoom video recordings. As long as you have a microphone, a webcam, and a quiet working environment, you should be able to create dynamic presentations and personal videos in minutes.
Please note that at this time, only students in the MSW program have Zoom Pro accounts.
Listed below are some ways to help improve your live synchronous sessions with your instructor and peers and to help you engage in a professional and positive learning environment:
Purchase a USB headset microphone. These are relatively inexpensive at your local Best Buy or electronics store. They work better than a standard microphone and speaker because the microphone and speakers are isolated from each other. Plus, they give you a hands-free experience. A very popular one is shown below:
Connect all your equipment and test it in advance. As soon as you enter your live session, be sure to test your audio and video capabilities. If you choose to connect your hardware after you launch your live session software, the program may not detect it.
Light: Make sure there’s lots of light in front and above you and as little as possible behind you. A lot of light behind you (window, lamp, etc.) will darken your image and make you look like you are in a witness protection program.
Color: Avoid fluorescent colors, checkers, and stripes. These can confuse webcams and make odd shapes on screen.
Be Mindful of Your Surroundings: Everything can be seen behind you—even things you never thought people could see! Alert people who might be in the area that you need privacy.
Headsets are key: Headsets cancel out background noise and ensure easier connectivity. They also allow for better quality sound.
Why Am I Getting an Echo? This is due to you or someone in your session having their speakers on while their microphone is on at the same time. To fix this problem, the instructor may choose to mute the speakers for the whole group.
Read Audio Echo in a Meeting.
Review your Course Announcements and Live Session discussion areas. Upcoming live session information, session focus and/or agendas will be posted to help students prepare for what will be discussed.
While all MSW students have access to a licensed version of Zoom, all other Regis students can still take advantage of a free account. As a student, you can host a meeting by using the free version of Zoom, which allows up to 45 minutes. The first thing you’ll need to do before you run a Zoom meeting is obtain your own Zoom meeting URL and to distribute it to your attendees.
Log in to your Zoom main profile page by creating a personal Zoom account at https://zoom.us/:
The Personal Meeting ID URL is now ready to be distributed to attendees. You’ll notice that a green arrow now appears next to the phrase Use this ID for instant meetings.
Some users prefer to make a personalized meeting link, especially if they want others to recognize that the meeting URL is for a specific purpose. Select Customize to the right of the Personal Link heading and choose a URL that you prefer. This link can also be used for any meeting.
The best way to start a Zoom session is simply through your Personal Meeting Room URL. At any time, copy and paste the URL into your browser and it will launch from your downloaded Zoom app. Be sure, however, that you have already logged into your Zoom account via your institution’s Zoom web address. This will ensure you login as a Host instead of as a standard attendee.
The instructions below are general and are mostly from the perspective of a scheduled meeting, rather than a Personal Meeting Room URL: