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.

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 Room 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
Quick start video
Step-by-step Instructions:
  1. Locate the Zoom meeting room link provided by your instructor
    • If you are unable to find the link then please contact your instructor
  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
    • If you are unable to find the link then please contact your instructor
  2. Click the link to access the recording
Mobile 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 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.

Note: Being a Host requires that you have a Zoom account. Anyone accessing the Zoom Meeting Room you are hosting would follow the Participant instructions.

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

Google Hangouts

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 Hangouts instead. Google Hangouts can be accessed via your PCC email account by following these steps:

  • Open up the Google Chrome browser
    • Other browsers can be used with Google Hangouts, but may not have full functionality or compatibility
    • For mobile devices you will want to use the Google Hangouts app
  • Login to your PCC email address
  • Click the Apps button near the upper right hand corner of your Email
  • Click Hangouts
    • Click the More option at the bottom of the Google Apps list if you do not see Hangouts listed
  • Click the New Conversation option and input the email address for the person you want to chat, call or video chat with
    • Click the New Group option at this point if want to add multiple people to a Hangout session

More information about Hangouts can be found on Google’s support page.

Note: Keep in mind that some functions mentioned on the Google support page may not be available due to the difference between Educational Google accounts and Personal Google accounts.