USING ZOOM AS A PARTICIPANT ON A DESKTOP/LAPTOP

Overview

Zoom meetings (or sessions) are made up of several roles. One of the roles in a Zoom meeting is a Participant. Students will most likely take the participant role during a Zoom session.

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USING ZOOM ON A COMPUTER AS A PARTICIPANT (STUDENT)

1. In order to have the best meeting experience on the Zoom application, download and install the Zoom application on your computer.

2. For devices using Windows operating system, the download should start instantly. For Apple and Android devices, click on the appropriate store icons to download the application.

3. After installing the application, Sign in.


A. JOINING A ZOOM SESSION FROM MOODLE USING THE INSTALLED ZOOM APPLICATION

This instructional guide will explain how to join a Zoom meeting or session from your computer using an installed Zoom application.

  1. To join a Zoom session from Moodle, Login into Moodle via the browser using your username (student number) and password.
  2. Click My Courses (Top Left), Select the Course you wish to join its Zoom session.
  3. Navigate to the Zoom link (showing the Zoom logo) created by the host (your lecturer) and click on it.
  4. The screen below should appear. If Password Protected shows Yes, this means you need to be aware of the password created by the host (lecturer) to join the Zoom session. If No, then proceed by clicking Join Meeting.

  1. If you have already installed the Zoom application, the Google browser will ask to open the Zoom meeting or session using the Zoom application on your computer. Click on Open Zoom Meetings.

  1. Once clicked, the Zoom meeting would be set up and opened in the application installed on the computer. Depending on the settings made by the host (the lecturer), you may be kept in a waiting room if the lecturer has not started the meeting. You have to wait for the host to start the meeting.


While waiting, you may click on the Test Computer Audio to adjust your audio (microphone and speaker) settings.


  1. When the lecturer or host starts the meeting, you will be automatically admitted into the Zoom session and taken to the screen shown below.



For the descriptions of each of the controls on the interface (image) above, click here to jump to Section C.


  1. While on the screen (shown above), click on the Join Audio button to enable you have access to all the audio sounds in the session. On clicking the button, a dialog box is displayed on the screen (see below).


Click on the Join with Computer Audio button.   Once you have successfully joined with the computer audio, you should get a confirmation notification (see below). 
   



B. JOINING A ZOOM SESSION FROM MOODLE WITHOUT INSTALLING ZOOM APPLICATION

Note: For the best Zoom meeting experience, download and install the Zoom application on your computer.

This instructional guide will explain how to join a Zoom meeting or session from your computer without the installed Zoom application, using only the Google browser.

  1. To join a Zoom session from Moodle, Login into Moodle via the browser using your username (student number) and password.
  2. Click My Courses (Top Left), Select the Course you wish to join its Zoom session.
  3. Navigate to the Zoom link (showing the Zoom logo) created by your lecturer and click on it.
  4. The screen below should appear. If Password Protected shows Yes, this means you need to be aware of the password created by the lecturer to join the Zoom session. If No, then proceed by clicking Join Meeting.

  1. The Google browser will prompt you to open the Zoom meetings, Click on Open Zoom Meetings. You may also see an option to Join from your Browser


  1. The Google browser may try to install a plugin (application) to use for the Zoom meeting in the browser.  After the download completes, click on the plugin (application) displayed in your browser under the down arrow (image above). Follow the steps displayed on your screen and the browser will prepare to start your Zoom session.


  1. You will be required to enter a name that will be used in the Zoom session. Enter your full name.


  1. If a password is required to join the session, enter the password in the space provided and click Join.


  1. If the host (lecturer) has not started the Zoom session, then the screen below shows.

Note: Do not close the page, as the page will refresh until the meeting has been started by the host (lecturer).


  1. Once the host (lecturer) starts the meeting, you should be directed to the screen below. Click on the Join Audio by Computer button so that you can hear all the sounds in the session.


For the descriptions of each of the controls on the interface (image) above, click here to jump to Section C.


  1. Next, enable the Zoom application to use your microphone by clicking on Allow, so that you can be able to speak to the host (lecturer) or other participants (students) during the session.




C. ZOOM MEETING CONTROLS VIA GOOGLE BROWSER / INSTALLED APPLICATION

The images below show the controls or functions within a Google browser or an installed Zoom application, that can be used in the Zoom session as a participant (student).

Note: The location of certain controls may be different depending on whether a Google web browser interface or an installed Zoom Application interface is used.

Zoom Meeting controls using Google Browser
 

Zoom Meeting controls using installed Zoom Application
 
 

The descriptions of these labels 1 - 9 are as follows:

1 – The Microphone button – Click to Mute or Unmute. When you see this icon  it means your voice and any other sounds around you can be heard by everyone in the Zoom session. When you see this icon  it means your voice and other sounds cannot be heard.

2 – The Video button – Click to Start or Stop your video. When you see this icon , it means your video is off and no one can see you. When you see this icon  it means your video is on and everyone in the Zoom session can see you.

3 – The Participants button – This enables you to view all the people present in the Zoom session. It also contains icons that allow you to notify the host (lecturer) e.g. yes, no, go slower, go faster, away, clap, raise hand (this notifies the lecturer that your hand is raised which may signify that you want to ask or answer a question).


Using Google Browser
Using installed Zoom Application
    


4 – The Share Screen button - is used to share your screen, files or application in the Zoom session. However, this feature may be disabled by your host (or lecturer).

5 – The Chat button - The chat group allows you to Send a message to Everyone, the lecturer only or to a specific student.


6 – More button – May contain other specific actions that can be performed by the participant (student) depending on how the lecturer configures the Zoom session. Sometimes this "more" button may not be shown if the window is maximised.

7 The Leave button – Click this button when you are ready to Leave the Session.

8 The Record button This is typically used to record the ongoing Zoom session to the cloud or to your computer. However, this functionality may be disabled by your host (lecturer). May be found under the "more" control.

– The Reactions button – This can be used to show your reactions to the host (lecturer). Typical actions include; wave and thumbs up. May be found under the "more" control.



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