Using Zoom to Create Quick and Easy Screen Recordings

ZoomYou may already know that Zoom is an excellent way to conduct online meetings and webinars, but did you also know that it can also be an easy tool for quickly recording your screen and audio? All you need is the Zoom Meetings Client and a microphone! This comes in handy if you need to make a quick instructional video or visually document an issue or process. Continue reading Using Zoom to Create Quick and Easy Screen Recordings

Zoom Makes Meetings Easy

Zoom LogoWhether you work in an office, a classroom, or a study room, meetings can take up a lot of your time. Video conferencing solutions have been around for many years and have helped make meetings less of a production and more about getting things done.

SMU now offers video conference services to all students, faculty, and staff with Zoom! Instead of having to go to a special room with confusing specialty hardware; anyone with a laptop, smartphone, or tablet can start or join a meeting with anyone in the world. You can also share your computer screen for presentations and chat via text, audio, or video with your attendees.

Getting started is super easy. Just head to smu.edu/zoom and click the log in button! Once there, you can download Zoom’s software to your computer or mobile device and start meeting. If you need any pointers on how to get started, Zoom provides excellent documents and videos to help.

So next time you need to organize a business meeting, study group, or online presentation, give Zoom a try!

GoToMeeting Discontinued. Webinars Available on Zoom.

Important update about GoToMeeting

ZoomEffective immediately, users of GoToMeeting will need to transition any scheduled conferences to our new video and web conferencing service, Zoom. This transition is due to a technical error with GoToMeeting forcing us to transition to Zoom earlier than expected. For more information, please see Teaching & Video/Audio Conferencing with Zoom.

Upcoming webinars impacted

If you have recently registered on GoToMeeting hosted by SMU, you will need to re-register on our new webinar system, Zoom.

Below are the registration links for tomorrow’s OIT webinars:

What’s new with Sitecore 8.1?
Wednesday, May 25
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Registration Link: https://smu.zoom.us/webinar/register/77d7db60d93955e5dc2040ba88984b7b

Intro to Canvas
Wednesday, May 25
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Registration Link: https://smu.zoom.us/webinar/register/6c36f5ef71e3f974dc2040ba88984b7b

We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have any problems or concerns, please contact
the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP (4357).

Teaching & Video/Audio Conferencing with Zoom

ZoomAvailable now, Southern Methodist University has expanded services for Zoom, a cloud-based video conferencing and web conferencing service, as the primary eLearning tool for delivering easy-to-use,  high-definition video/audio conferencing capabilities to faculty and students.  Brought to campus in January 2015 as part of a pilot initiative, Zoom has proven a reliable, future-forward and cost-effective collaboration tool which is easy to use on just about any device (even Linux!).  As Zoom transitions from pilot initiative and into a supported service, Zoom will also be replacing SMU’s current GoToMeeting conferencing service.

Over the next few months, OIT’s Academic Technology Services team will be integrating Zoom within Canvas and will be configuring Zoom for use with SMU’s single-sign-on technology so that you can use your SMU login credentials for access.  Short-term Zoom Webinar licenses are also available but limited–please contact the IT Helpdesk for more information about webinars.

Suggested Uses for Zoom

1:1 Meetings with Students

Schedule meetings with students that you would normally meet face-to-face by using a Zoom meeting. If you have distance students, or when bad weather prohibits travel to campus, meetings and/or classes can still be held over Zoom (up to 50 participants).

Virtual Office Hours

With Zoom you can offer virtual office hours from any location anywhere in the world (with Internet accessibility). Send your students or collaborators an invite through email or post the meeting information on your Canvas course site as to the “office hours” that you will be available.  Scheduled Zoom office hours create an active virtual “office” where students can come and go as needed.

Paper & Research Reviews

Using the Zoom Share Screen feature, you can have students or colleagues submit work for real-time review during a live Zoom session. Share Screen allows you to provide real-time feedback on work and to allow for any synchronous clarification as needed.

Exam Review Sessions

Launch a Zoom session and allow students to enter as necessary. Faculty members can choose to either moderate a student led review or to lead the review on their own.

External Research Collaboration

Need to host a research discussion or virtual seminar with up to 50 attendees? No problem!  Create a Zoom session!

Recording Lectures, Meetings, & Sessions for Asynchronous Playback

Using Zoom’s recording functionality, all Zoom content can be recorded directly to your hard drive for future reference or future use in creating content for hybrid teaching.

Getting started with Zoom

  1. Submit a Zoom account request to the IT Help Desk by calling 214.768.HELP or by emailing help@smu.edu. You will receive an email notification when your account has been created.
  2. Once you’ve created a Zoom account, simply navigate to smu.edu/zoom to log in and host a meeting!

Zoom Requirements

System Requirements

  • Internet connection
  • Speakers & microphone—built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • Webcam or HD webcam—built-in or USB blug-in
  • Or, an HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

Supporting Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
  • Linux

Supported Tablets & Mobile Devices

  • iOS and Android devices
  • Surface Pro 2 & 3