UNC faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom. Zoom is a cloud platform for video/audio conferencing and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, and phone conferencing.
As of Monday, April 12, UNC has upgraded to a Zoom Enterprise account.
- Employees with email@example.com accounts will automatically be upgraded to the Pro account. Employees will need to log in to their Zoom Pro accounts to activate the upgraded license. Go to https://unco.zoom.us to activate your Pro account.
- Students, who would like a Zoom Pro account, will still need to contact IM&T. Submit a ticket and search for "Zoom Pro" to request an upgrade.
UNC employees and students have a dedicated Zoom portal to access their accounts.
- Go to https://unco.zoom.us/
- Faculty and students can access Zoom meetings from within their Canvas courses, too.
- Faculty - IDD created a tutorial on how to activate Zoom in our Canvas courses. Getting Started with Zoom (6:40 into video)
Schedule a Meeting
If you would like to schedule a meeting outside of Canvas within Zoom, the process is simple.
- Check out Zoom's video tutorial on how to Schedule Meetings.
Meetings vs Webinars
Zoom gives users the option to create either a Meeting or a Live Event. What's the difference?
Zoom Meetings are designed for synchronous collaboration. Currently, a Zoom Meeting is limited to a total of 300 people. Participants can mute/unmute audio and interact with other participants. Host can assign participants to breakout rooms. Meetings are best used for smaller, collaborative efforts.
Webinars are similar to a virtual auditorium. They are ideal for large audiences or events that are open to the public. Typically, webinar attendees do not interact with one another. Though Zoom provides options for you to get more social with your attendees, your average webinar has limited presenter who to the audience. Webinars do not allow for participants to join breakout rooms. Webinars are available for up to 1000 attendees can join the event but can only participate via text-based Q&A. Zoom Webinars are best used for one-to-many presentation.
To schedule a Webinar, you must request a session via IM&T.
Search for "Zoom Webinar Request."
Faculty & Staff
- How to Schedule a Zoom Meeting (4 minute video)
- Recording Asynchronous Lectures in PowerPoint & Zoom
Check out the Organizational Development page for more information on upcoming webinars and training.
Zoom has spent the last few weeks making changes to ensure a secure user-interface. UNC has some suggested practices to help secure your sessions and content.
- 5 Tips to Prevent Zoom Bombing (infographic)
- Protect Your Cloud Recordings (infographic)
- Zoom Security Best Practices (UNC guide)
- Turn On/Off Password Protection on Cloud Recordings (video)
Zoom - Zoom Support
The bandwidth used by Zoom will be optimized for the best experience based on the participants’ network. It will automatically adjust for 3G, WiFi or Wired environments.
Recommended bandwidth for meetings and webinar panelists:
- For 1:1 video calling:
- 600kbps (up/down) for high quality video
- 1.2 Mbps (up/down) for 720p HD video
- Receiving 1080p HD video requires 1.8 Mbps (up/down)
- Sending 1080p HD video requires 1.8 Mbps (up/down)
- For group video calling:
- 800kbps/1.0Mbps (up/down) for high quality video
- For gallery view and/or 720p HD video:
- 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps (up/down
- Receiving 1080p HD video requires 2.5mbps (up/down)
- Sending 1080p HD video requires 3.0 Mbps (up/down)
- For screen sharing only (no video thumbnail): 50-75kbps
- For screen sharing with video thumbnail: 50-150kbps
- For audio VoiP: 60-80kbps
- For Zoom Phone: 60-100kbps
Recommended bandwidth for webinar attendees:
- For 1:1 video calling: 600kbps (down) for high quality video and 1.2 Mbps (down) for HD video
- For screen sharing only (no video thumbnail): 50-75kbps (down)
- For screen sharing with video thumbnail: 50-150kbps (down)
- For audio VoiP: 60-80kbps (down) https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux
- System Requirements for PC, Mac, and Linux
- This article covers: System requirements Supported operating systems Supported tablet and mobile devices Supported browsers Processor and RAM requirements High DPI support Bandwidth requirements.
- For 1:1 video calling:
Zoom Learning Center
Online courses to help you learn more about using Zoom