Zoom is a video conferencing tool, which means you can meet with your instructor, advisor, or other students from your home or other location. Zoom allows you to see and hear each other, as well as send typed chat messages. You can access Zoom from your computer browser or from a mobile device (phone, tablet). Some instructors may have synchronous/live meetings (meaning everyone logs into Zoom at the same time), or may record a lecture for you to view later.

For additional Zoom documentation, please see our documentation. For Zoom Support, please email zoom@umsystem.edu.

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats - and it lets you record those sessions to view later.

Getting started

Use our getting started guide to learn how to log into Zoom, install the Zoom apps, explore the basic features of Zoom, schedule a meeting and invite participants.

Hosting a meeting

If this is your first time hosting a meeting take a look at our Zoom meeting host best practices.

Participating in Zoom meetings

Our Zoom meeting best practice guide will quickly get you up and running with the Zoom audio and video options, learn about some of Zoom's online meeting tools and screen sharing options.


Here are some tips on how to ensure everyone joining an event does so with good intentions. Like most other public forums, it’s possible to have a person (who may or may not be invited) disrupt an event that’s meant to bring people together.

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