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Zoom – Student Participant Guide

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a web conferencing software that instructors may use for online lectures, virtual office hours, or group meetings.

Note: Given students potentially limited access to internet, your instructor may record your sessions together for viewing later. These recordings will only be visible to those enrolled in this class, and students have the option for additional layers of privacy by renaming themselves in the Zoom room, muting their video, and muting their audio.

If you have any concerns or questions, please let your instructor know.

What is a Participant?

A participant is able to listen to the instructor and others within the Zoom Meeting Room, view any screens or visuals that the instructor displays and interact with other within the room via a microphone or in-app chat interface.

Note: Joining a Zoom Meeting as a participant does not require that you have a Zoom account.

How to access a Zoom Meeting Room as a Participant via D2L Brightspace

Image showing Online Rooms link listed in navigation bar, in the announcements area of the course, and in the Calendar widget.

Step-by-step Instructions:
  1. Locate the Zoom meeting room link provided by your instructor
    • The most common place you will find the Meeting Room is by going to the Online Rooms link within the Course Navigation bar
    • Other places that the instructor may have the Meeting Room link listed are:
      • In the Calendar widget on the Course Home page of your D2L Brightspace course
      • In the Content area of the course
      • In an Email sent to your PCC email address
  2. Install the Zoom Software or open the Zoom Meeting File
    • You will be prompted to install the Zoom software if you haven’t accessed a Zoom meeting room before on your computer
  3. Input a name you wish to be displayed within the Zoom Meeting Room
    • Uncheck the “Remember my name for future meetings” option if you are on a shared computer
    • If the “Turn off my video” option is showing then you can check that option to disable your webcam, if connected, when joining
  4. Click Join
  5. Click the Join Audio by Computer button to have Zoom use the default audio/video devices currently connected to your computer
    • Use the Test speaker and microphone link to specify and test which devices Zoom is using for your Speaker and Microphone
    • You can also call into the Zoom Meeting Room for Audio by clicking the Phone Call option on this window
  6. Use the toolbar located along the bottom of the Zoom Meeting Room to adjust your audio/video devices, invite others, show/hide the participants list, show/hide chat, leave the meeting room, and other options
  7. When you are finished participating in the Zoom Meeting Room click the Leave Meeting button to fully exit the Zoom software
How to access a Recording
  1. Locate the Zoom Meeting Room Recording link provided by your instructor
    • The most common place you will find the Meeting Room is by going to the Online Rooms link within the Course Navigation bar
      • In the Online Rooms area you will click the Cloud Recordings tab to find recordings of previous meetings
    • Other places that the instructor may have the Recording links listed are:
      • In the Content area of the course
      • In an Email sent to your PCC email address

If you are unable to find the link then please contact your instructor.

Mobile/Chromebook Devices

You can use mobile devices to access a Zoom session as well. Please view the following pages for more information based on what type of device you are using:

Note: Support for mobile and Chromebook devices is limited to the links above. PCC only supports access Zoom meeting rooms via desktop and laptop computer running a currently supported version of the Windows or Mac operating systems.

Additional Support Information for Zoom
Hosting a Zoom Meeting Room as a Student

Instructors may require that a student hosts their own Zoom Meeting Room, whether to facilitate a group project or as a means to record a presentation.

The following page goes over the process of creating/activating your Student Zoom account, accessing your Personal Meeting Room, inviting others to your Personal Meeting Room, recording the session and sharing that recording via your PCC Google Drive account: Zoom – Student Host Guide

Note: The student designated as the host is required to go through the steps in the Student Host Guide to create a Zoom account. All others will follow the Participant information listed on this page.

Google Meet

If you are looking for a means in which you can meet up with one or more peers online personally then we recommend using Google Meet instead.