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."
- Recommended for classes with 75 or more students.
- Designed so that the instructor and any TAs (ie, the Zoom "host" and "panelists") can share their video, audio, and screen.
- Students would only be able to see and hear the class lecture unless the professor unmutes individual students.
- They have the ability to interact via Q&A, chat, and answering polling questions.
- You can Get Started with Webinars
These instructions will show you how to use Zoom in Canvas.