What is Zoom?

Zoom is a well known application for video communications that can be adapted for use in education. Some Module Leaders may choose Zoom to host their online classes. The video above will give you a very good introduction to the Zoom interface as a student.

Can I practice using Zoom before my first class?

It is likely that you will have used Zoom before to contact friends and family, but we still recommend that you familiarise yourself with the interface by watching the above video and trying a Zoom call with people in your class.

You can sign-in to Zoom using your University of Leeds login details at http://universityofleeds.zoom.us to get started.

What features does Zoom have?

  • View files and screens being shared by the presenter
  • Text chat with the whole class and with individual staff members and students
  • View and annotate digital whiteboards when shared by the presenter
  • Share webcam and microphone (when permitted)
  • Upload your own virtual background
  • ‘Raise hand’ and give a ‘thumbs up’
  • Respond to polls when run by the presenter
  • Share your own files and screens (when permitted)
  • Work in groups using ‘Breakout Rooms’
  • View a list of all attendees

Is there an app?

To join a class using Zoom you will need to install the Zoom application on your device – visit the Zoom Download Centre to get started for your own device.

How will I join my online class?

Your Module Leader will post a secure link to join any online classes to the module area in Minerva. If you aren’t sure where the link has been saved we recommend asking your Module Leader at least two days before the online class.

Useful Links

We recommend right-clicking or long-pressing on the links below and opening them in a new tab to learn more about Zoom.

Login to the University of Leeds institutional Zoom account
Learn more
Download the Zoom application for your device and operating system.
Download apps now
Visit a gallery of virtual backgrounds that you can download - put yourself in the heart of campus in Leeds, on the stage of the Leeds Grand Theatre or in the set of a BBC show.


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Last updated October 2020.