What is Zoom?

NOTE: UCR has been experiencing cases of "Zoombombing," or individuals crashing and derailing Zoom meetings. Make sure you read about these suggested settings to protect your meetings.

Zoom is a communications software that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat and mobile collaboration. Zoom allows for video and audio for all meetings, and it allows multiple participants can share their screens. Zoom can also be used to record and share webinars and trainings. You can access your free basic account by going to https://ucr.zoom.us and logging in with your UCRNet ID and Password. (For alternatives to Zoom, see Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All).

  • A free Basic account allows up to 300 participants and video conferences up to forty minutesOne-on-one meetings with a Basic account do not have a time limit. All faculty, staff, and students have a Basic account by default, and you can log in here: https://ucr.zoom.us 
  • A Pro account allows video conferences of up to 24 hours with up to 300 participants.  
  • A Webinar account can host video conferences of up to 500 participants.

Requesting Account Upgrades 

To request a Pro account (to hold meetings longer than forty minutes) or a Webinar account (for those teaching large enrollment courses).

  1. Open a web browser and visit servicelink.ucr.edu
  2. Click “Make a Request” at the top of the page
  3. Click the “Software Request” tile
  4. Fill out the form, selecting “Zoom” in the software drop-down

Zoom is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Quick Start Steps

  1. Sign in to your Zoom account by going to https://ucr.zoom.us/and sign in with your UCR NetID and password. You can see your Personal Meeting Room link and check your account (Basic or Licensed) on the Profile page.
  2. If you click on your Personal Meeting Room link, the call will open (even if you're the only one there). From the menu on the bottom, you can Mute your mic or video, Invite others directly by entering email, see the Participants on the call (and control their interactions by muting, removing, etc.), Share your Screen (you can use this to narrate slide presentations), use the Chat feature, and Record.
  3. NOTE: "Zoombombing" is becoming a problem. Read more about protecting your Zoom meetings. If you suspect a UCR student of disrupting your Zoom meeting, please report the social misconduct to the Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Programs Office

Setting a Recurring Meeting link for each class and sharing with students

  1. Sign in to https://ucr.zoom.us. Click Meetings. Click Schedule a Meeting. Fill out any details you like (i.e, the class title). Make sure that you click Recurring meeting.
  2. Edit the recurring meeting options. The easiest option is to click No Fixed Time, but you can also schedule your specific class meeting time. You can use this particular Zoom link for the duration of the class. Click Save.
  3. To share with students you can either simply copy the meeting link, or you can click Copy Meeting Invitation to copy the larger meeting invitation. Proceed to iLearn and paste the link/invitation into an Announcement or your syllabus. You can also create a Content Area called "Zoom Meeting Link" and then go to “Build Content” and “Web Link” and then simply paste it there.

Using Zoom Breakout Rooms

Breakout Rooms are a great way to incorporate group discussions into a Zoom session. Breakout Rooms can also be used to have private sessions with a single student without switching to a different Zoom session. 

You may need to first enable Breakout Rooms for your Zoom account (opens in a new window)

Managing Zoom Breakout Rooms (opens in a new window)

Additional Zoom Guides