Zoom Checklist for Faculty: Creating and Starting Up Your Meeting

This service is for faculty.

The recommendations below apply to using Zoom in a physical classroom space or from a virtual, fully online course.  

Creating Your Zoom Meeting 

  1. Decide if you want to use the St. Thomas Zoom web portal (stthomas.zoom.us) or Zoom Pro (integrated within Canvas).  
    1. For Group Class Sessions: Use Zoom Pro in Canvas to schedule meetings within a course. These meetings will be available to all participants in the course.
    2. For Individual or Small Group Meetings Outside of Class Sessions: The web portal is used to schedule individual meetings with students or other meetings outside of Canvas. 
  2. Choose your security settings for that Zoom meeting. 

    1. For additional security and for accurate attendance taking (if using A+ Attendance) select only authenticated users can join. If you have a guest speaker, do not check this box. In this case, students who log in with their UST credentials will be automatically passed through to the meeting while the guest speaker and other unauthenticated users can be admitted from the waiting room.  

    2. For more details see Zoom and Flex Classroom Canvas Site for Faculty and Zoom: Security Features and Best Practices.  

Avoiding Mishaps When Recording Your Zoom Meeting 

  • Note: When using Zoom Pro (in Canvas), links to meetings recorded to the cloud are automatically emailed to participants as soon as the faculty member goes to Canvas > Zoom Pro and selects to release the recording. In contrast, when meetings are scheduled through the St. Thomas Zoom portal (stthomas.zoom.us), links to recordings are not distributed unless the instructor copies the link and manually shares it.  Instructors can either copy the recording link from the Recordings tab in the web portal and share with students through an announcement or email, or, they can download and save the MP4 video file to Panopto for further editing and sharing. 
  • When scheduling meetings through Zoom Pro and recording to the cloud, use the automatically record meeting setting carefully and never combine this with Enable join before host.   
    • If those two settings are combined, a recording will be created and sent out to all participants every time someone joins to test the link. Any pre-class conversations will also be recorded and automatically shared. If you do not stop the recording at the end of class, any potentially private conversations with students will also be included in the recording that is automatically emailed to all participants, potentially resulting in a FERPA violation.  
    • You can further control access to Zoom recordings by recording locally and then uploading the MP4 file to Panopto for editing (if needed) and streaming. Use the Panopto and Canvas settings to control access. 
  • Review the Recording Page in the Zoom and Flex Class Canvas site for Faculty for information help and information.  

Starting and Facilitating Your Zoom Session 

  1. Start your meeting in the "host" role
    1. when logged into your Canvas site, select Zoom Pro and click Start. Or, if someone has joined the meeting before you, click Join
    2. If you start the meeting in a Participant role (by selecting the link in the calendar) you will not be able to record and will not have access to all Zoom controls.  
  2. If the Zoom meeting is being recorded, communicate this to your students and tell them how the recording will be shared. See the Zoom and Flex Classroom Site recording page for more ideas.  

  3. Choose your recording options based on the information above. 

  4. If using the Waiting Room feature, monitor access yourself or assign someone to let participants into the meeting. If you are not using the Waiting Room, consider asking someone to help watch and greet people who may enter late.  

  5. Create a plan for monitoring your Zoom Chat. For example, if you have a classroom monitor or assistant, volunteer to help, or pause periodically to look at the chat. 

To report a problem or receive additional troubleshooting, please contact the Tech Desk


Article ID: 115836
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