Everything you need to know about joining a class via Zoom

Among the technologies you’ll use to study online while waiting for in-person classes to recommence is Zoom: an online platform for video and audio conferencing.

Zoom is a nifty video conferencing platform that’s pretty simple to use. But like all things, it takes some practice to feel confident with how it operates.

So here’s a quick overview of how it works, and what to do – and what not to do – when in a Zoom class.

What’s Zoom used for?

Zoom is a video conferencing and recording tool that your lecturer/tutor may be using for online classes. The program includes video, audio and screen-sharing capabilities.

How do I access Zoom?

  1. Visit https://zoom.us/download, locate Zoom Client for Meetings and click Download.
  2. Follow the download and installation prompts.

Zoom is also available on iOS, Android or Linux and can be downloaded from the respective app stores. Once the application is open, Login with SSO and enter the Domain URL latrobe.zoom.us.

What equipment will I need to use Zoom?

To access Zoom, you’ll need a computer with speaker and microphone capability, or better yet, headphones with microphone capability. If you don’t have access to a computer, or are having issues, you may be able to dial in via phone. Check with your subject coordinator in advance.

Make sure you test your connection and equipment before your first class. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to scramble for a connection at the last minute.

How do I connect into my class?

Zoom information and links will be posted in each subject on the LMS. If you are having trouble locating Zoom access information for your class, please contact your subject coordinator or tutor.

This video from the Student Success team takes you through the next steps:

Zoom etiquette

Be prepared!

By now, you know your class is happening online. That means you’ve got time to work out how to join the class.

Like we mentioned earlier, make sure you’ve installed Zoom on your electronic device (that can be Desktop, iOS mobile or Android).

Also, have those microphone-equipped headphones on hand and be or you’re seated in a quiet space, so you can hear what’s being said – and not disturb people around you.

Be on time!

Let’s say your class starts at 12.00pm. What time do you start joining the Zoom meeting?

Join the Zoom with at least couple of minutes to spare. That way, you’re cool, calm and collected by the time the teachers kicks off the class.

We all know that feeling when a class is about to start, only for a latecomer to come clattering in through the door, disrupting everyone’s attention.

The online classroom is no different. Let’s be kind to each other and try to keep the distractions to a minimum.

Be respectful!

There could be dozens of people in your workshop or class, so we suggest that you:  

  • Ensure your participant mic is muted and your video is off (usually, this is done by default, but please double-check). If you leave it on, even by accident, the whole class will hear you breathing/chewing/yelling at the cat to get off your laptop.
  • Have a question? The simplest way to ask in an orderly fashion is to use the Chat function – questions typed there can be sent to the whole class, or just to specific members.
  • With that in mind, keep it above board, folks! Only write something you’re happy with everyone seeing for the entirety of the session.
  • Even if you don’t have a question, keep your eye on the Chat window: someone else might have an enlightening or challenging idea/question to which you can contribute.

Make sure to enter your name when you log onto Zoom too, so people know who’s in the meeting. It’s nice to know who we’re talking to.

Do I have to log into Zoom at my usual class time or can I connect later when it suits me?

You must attend on time as you would for an in-person class as Zoom is a live program. It’s recommended to join a few minutes early and wait for the session to start.

Some Zoom sessions might be recorded, but that’s at the discretion of the host. Where a Zoom is being recorded, we will let you know at the beginning of the session. If you do not wish to be recorded, disable the video capability of Zoom.

Where will I find the Zoom link for my class?

You’ll find the Zoom link in the LMS under each subject. If there’s any confusion around the Zoom link location, please contact your subject coordinator well in advance of your class start time.

Will my teacher know if I’m in attendance?

Yes. Tutors will be able to see who is active in the Zoom session and take roll-call.

Can I use Zoom on PC and Mac?

Yes. View the system requirements here.

Where Can I go for support?

If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for below, visit the IT Support team’s guide to Zoom.

If you are experiencing difficulties, Student IT Support can assist with installing Zoom. Ad-hoc support for Zoom meetings and conference calls is not available. Please refer to the Zoom Help Center.

If you did not receive a Zoom link prior to your scheduled class, please contact your lecturer/tutor/subject coordinator.