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What is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing platform. A "Zoom Meeting" simply refers to a meeting that's hosted using Zoom, and attendees can join the meeting in-person, via webcam or video conferencing camera, or via phone.

You do not need to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting.

You will need a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speaker or headphones.

You will be sent an email invitation with a unique Meeting ID, and password. At the start time of your meeting, simply click on the link in your invitation to join. Participants will then be asked to enter the password to join the meeting.

You have an opportunity to test your audio at this point by clicking on “Test Computer Audio.” Once you are satisfied that your audio works, click on “Join audio by computer.” You may also join a meeting without clicking on the invitation link by going to join.zoom.us on any browser and entering the Meeting ID provided by our e-mail to you.

Zoom Tips

A basic rule of video conferencing etiquette is to mute yourself when you're not speaking. Muting yourself when you're not talking cuts down on distracting background noise. In your preferences, you can set yourself to be automatically muted when you join a meeting. When you're ready to un-mute yourself, a neat shortcut is to hold down the space bar if you need to chime in for a brief second.

Somewhere on your Zoom screen you will also see a choice to toggle between “speaker” and “gallery” view. “Speaker view” shows the active speaker. “Gallery view” tiles all of the meeting participants in a single screen.

Click here to learn more about joining a meeting!