Zoom: Participate in a meeting

Zoom is one of the leading services for hosting online meetings. Bryn Mawr provides licensed Zoom accounts for all students, faculty, and staff. As a result, you may need to use it to access class sessions, academic events, club programs, and internal meetings.

Before you begin, you will need the following:

  • a laptop, desktop computer, or mobile device with Internet access.

Before your first Zoom meeting

  1. Install the free Zoom app on your devices or log in to Zoom's website. For the latter, make sure to use the SSO option. 
  2. Join a test meeting to test your connection and familiarize yourself with the participant interface. Make sure to do the following:
  3. Close the test meeting. 
  4. Go to the home screen of your app and click New Meeting.
  5. Click Share Screen to practice sharing different types of content. This feature can be used to share content from different windows, applications, and connected devices.
Note: If you want to share video and your device does not have a built-in camera, you will need a webcam. See Zoom: Multiple cameras for more details.

Join a Meeting

  • You can access a Zoom in one of the following ways:
    • Open the Zoom app on your device and select Join. Enter the meeting ID and password, if there is one. Contact the meeting's host if you don't have these.
    • Log in to Zoom through their website (make sure to select SSO as your login option). Once on the Home screen, click Join. Enter the meeting ID and password, if there is one. Contact the meeting's host if you don't have these.
    •  If the meeting was shared by the host via Outlook Calendar, open the event and click on the meeting link provided. 
    • If the meeting is for a class and your instructor shared details via Moodle, log in to Moodle and enter the relevant course. Then, find where your instructor posted the individual session link or the Zoom activity in Moodle.

Attention: Meeting hosts may choose to record Zoom sessions. Zoom will always notify participants that a meeting is being recorded. The host should also inform you how the meetings will be shared. Furthermore, all recordings made by Bryn Mawr Zoom accounts are governed by the college's data handling policy. Always remember that you can set your virtual background and/or mute your video camera or microphone if you want to limit your presence in a recorded meeting. 

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If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

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Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
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