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


In order to have the best experience on the Zoom application, download and install the Zoom application.

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.

After installing the application, Sign In.


This instructional guide will explain how to join a Zoom session from your smartphone or your computer.

  1. To join a Zoom session from Moodle, Login into Moodle using your 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 (with the Zoom logo) created by your lecturer and click on it.

4. After clicking on the Zoom link, 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.

5. Enter the Password (if any) and your Full Name, then click OK to join the session.    6. If the lecturer (host) has not started the Zoom session, you may get the screen shown below. Wait on this screen until the lecturer starts the session. When the lecturer starts the session, you will be automatically redirected to the Zoom session. 

7. Once the lecturer starts the session, you should be presented with the following screen. You must click on the Call Via Device Audio button to be able to hear the audio in the session.

a) If the Call Via Device Audio button is not displaying, click on the Join Audio control to pop out the Call Via Device Audio option.    b) After clicking the Call Via Device Audio button, you should get the notification below.

Zoom Meeting Controls for Students on Smartphone

The following are the controls or functions that can be used in the Zoom session as a student.

The descriptions of these labels 1 - 8 are as follows:

1 – The Microphone button – Click to Mute or Unmute. When you see this icon A screen shot of a person Description automatically generated 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 Share Screen button - is used to share your screen, files or application in the Zoom session. However, this feature may be disabled by your lecturer (or host).

4 – 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 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).

When you use the raise hand feature, a hand icon shows on your Zoom application screen and it can be lowered by the lecturer or yourself. To lower your hand by yourself, click on the same icon again.   The Invite button can be used to invite your colleagues to the ongoing meeting or session. 

5 – The More button – Click to show more functions that you can perform in the Zoom session. An important function is the Chat group. The chat group allows you to Send a message to Everyone, the lecturer only or to a specific student.

Other actions that can be performed under the "More" button can be seen in the image above.

6 – The Speaker button – Click to turn ON or OFF the sounds coming from the Zoom session.

7 – The Zoom button – Click to show detailed information of the ongoing Zoom session.

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

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