Zoom is a video and web conferencing tool that unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging into one easy-to-use platform. Zoom offers video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices with campus-affiliated and unaffiliated users. This tool can be used by Rice faculty to remotely connect with your class via a web conference.

Do I Need Zoom Meeting or Webinar?

Zoom Meeting and Webinar are similar, but different products.


  • Recommended for classes with fewer than 75 students.
  • Facilitates collaboration with all participants being able to screen share, turn on their video and audio, and see who else is in attendance.
  • The Breakout Rooms feature is available in "Meetings" but not in "Webinars."


These instructions will show you how to use Zoom in Canvas.