Zoom at Marist
What is Zoom? Zoom is a video-conferencing platform for which Marist College owns a license. Zoom allows you to engage in live Web conversations with your students using audio, video, and text-based chat features. Using your Marist account and password will allow you to generate a link that you can share with participants who can then follow the web link to join in on a live conversation.
As a video teleconferencing software program Zoom can be used to:
- Set up remote classroom sessions
- Set up one-on-one video meetings
- To present via a webinar
- For audio conferencing
First Time Zoom User at Marist
If you are using Zoom for the first-time, new Zoom users should
Add Zoom to your iLearn course site
Like other external tools, you can easily Zoom to your iLearn course site. If Zoom is not already in your iLearn site, you may add Zoom to the left-hand navigation. Then you can schedule your class meetings.
Adding Zoom tool to your iLearn Course Site:
Access your iLearn site, select "Site Info", select "Edit Site Tools" from the tabs at the top of the screen. Scroll down to and click the "External Tools". Select Zoom, click "Continue" and then click "Finish" to complete adding the tool. The link to the Zoom tool will now be displayed at the bottom of the list of tools from the left-hand navigation.
Zoom Help Guides
These linked guides will bring you to Marist documentation and the Zoom website to find assistance for using Zoom.
Vendor Support Documentation
Sharing Commercial Video:
In order to have discussions with students about the videos during class, Faculty have asked how they can show videos in real-time, in their online class that is hosted within the web conferencing software. The videos in question have ranged from those on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, or other streaming services, to videos on YouTube, clips from DVDs, Kanopy or the Marist library video databases.
Watching videos together live using Zoom can present some technical challenges:
- Faculty (and student) computers can be a constraint when trying to screen-share a video in Zoom without choppiness.
- Copyright protection on paid services and media will prevent the video from being shared with the Zoom application, showing only a blank grey screen. To determine if the video you want to watch has copyright protections, do a test before your class to see if a colleague can see the video.
- Screen sharing videos from services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime to others, particularly those without paid accounts on those services, is in violation of the terms of service for those providers. Faculty should not use Zoom to screen share videos from those paid providers.
- If you want to watch a video with your class which is hosted in Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. and don’t want to ask all of your students to get a paid account in that service, visit Kanopy or the Library Streaming Reserves to see if the video can be obtained and streamed by the library.
To optimize your live class time with the students, our recommendation is that you use one of these other approaches to meet your learning goals:
- Require students to watch the video on their own, before a particular live class meeting, and then discuss during the live class (as mentioned above, note that if the video is in a paid streaming service such as Prime or Netflix, students will need to have a paid or free trial account to do this).
- For shorter video clips, during a live class meeting, post the link to the video in the Zoom chat (or post before class in the course website). Pause the live class for the length of the video, ask students to click the link and watch the video on their own computer while muting their Zoom audio/video feed, then return to the Zoom class meeting to discuss.
- Have students convene in the live Zoom meeting, each mute their Zoom audio and start playing the video on their own computer at the same time. Use Zoom text chat or other group text chat application for “sidebar” conversations in real-time, as the video plays on each student’s computer.
- If the video is a long film, consider asking students to start the film at the same time and comment during the screening on Twitter, Zoom chat, and also stop the film at certain points so the class can discuss the section they have just seen in a Zoom meeting.