Zoom is a cloud-based platform for video and audio web conferencing.
It allows instructors to easily create online meetings with students, chat with or without video enabled, and deliver presentations, while maintaining a good quality connection between all participants. Instructors can also poll students during the session, record videos, and share them in myCourses.
At McGill, Zoom is the recommended solution for conducting remote classes, and can also be used as a lecture recording tool for classrooms where lectures are not automatically recorded.
Zoom should only be used for teaching and learning purposes, including remote classes, tutorials and office hours; alternative web conferencing tools can be used for other collaborative needs. See Web Conferencing: choosing the right solution
All Zoom documentation for instructors has been moved to the Teaching and Learning Knowledge Base
Type of license
Max meeting length
|All academic and non-academic staff (including TAs using mcgill.ca email accounts and Course Lecturers)
|Local recording & Cloud recording
|Local recording only
|Other accounts for teaching purposes (e.g., resource accounts)
|Local recording & Cloud recording
* Instructors teaching sessions larger than 300 students will have their Zoom licenses automatically increased to exceed the 300-person cap on session invitations.
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When attending courses on Zoom, you can either use the web app directly from your browser or install the Zoom app locally on your computer, tablet or mobile smartphone.
Just download and install the Zoom app from the Apple App store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android devices. You will be prompted to open the Zoom app whenever you click a link to open a Zoom meeting.
Refer to the Zoom page of the Teaching and Learning site for instructions on how to create Zoom meetings from within myCourses, and access them from the Lecture Recordings link in the myCourses navigation bar.
For students participating in a remote class hosted on Zoom, your instructor will schedule the Zoom meetings during your normal course time.
Go to the Course Home page, click Zoom from the course navigation bar, and click Join to begin. You will be promoted to download the Zoom client application if you don't already have it installed.
Go to the Course Home page and click the Lecture Recording link. All lecture recordings will be listed.
It can take up to an hour after the meeting has ended for the recordings to be posted in myCourses. This time may be delayed for exceptionally long recordings.
Students, staff members and instructors who cannot sign into Zoom from within myCourses, can create Zoom meetings directly from the Zoom website. Go to: https://mcgill.zoom.us/ and sign in with your McGill Username and McGill Password.
You will be able to schedule and record meetings.
See Scheduling a Zoom meeting for instructors outside myCourses for detailed instructions.
If your instructor, TA or classmate creates a Zoom meeting outside myCourses, you will either receive an invitation by email, calendar meeting request, or a link within myCourses content. Click on the Join link to enter the meeting. You will be prompted to download and install the Zoom client application; it only takes a minute or two to get up and running.
Your host should let you know if the meeting is being recorded, and if your participation requires a microphone and camera.
There is no cost to use this service.
The service is available 24 X 7, except during planned maintenance or outages. Check the Zoom website for announcements.
You can create the meeting from the Zoom website and then email the invitation to your students and/or publish a link to the meeting in myCourses. See Scheduling a Zoom meeting for instructors outside myCourses
In order for your recordings to be automatically uploaded to the Lecture Recordings and properly associated to your course, you must keep the course title in the topic/name of the Zoom meeting.
Find additional resources for instructors by searching for "Zoom" on the Teaching and Learning Knowledge Base.
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