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Using Zoom

Zoom is a videoconference tool available for meetings and online office hours. All UAS faculty, students, and staff have a UA Zoom account, which can be accessed at alaska.zoom.us. For the basics of using Zoom, check out one of the following:

Zoom is not encouraged for instructional use within courses as it has not been integrated within UAS’s Blackboard environment due to some of the following concerns:

  • Recording management (recordings expire after 365 days)
  • Co-instructor management challenges (co-instruction does not empower the alternate faculty member to edit zoom course meeting resources)
  • Potential FERPA concerns with how access to recordings are furnished through Zoom’s cloud recording links

If you have chosen to use Zoom in your course, please be aware that you are responsible for appropriate FERPA compliance.

Zoom-Bombing

With so many people using videoconferencing tools right now, there has been an increase in people engaging in the practice of "Zoom-bombing," or trolling a Zoom meeting and disrupting it with inappropriate content.

There are some simple steps you can take to avoid Zoom-bombing, including:

  • Don't share your meeting link in a public venue (anyone with the link can join your meeting), and avoid using your personal ID for class or group meetings
  • Adjust your screen-share and annotation options to limit who can share or annotate and limit sharing to one person at a time
  • Set up your meeting to manage participants so that they are muted and/or have their video turned off upon entry
  • Consider using the "waiting room" feature, which allows the host to admit or deny each participant, or require registration ahead of time
  • Use the in-meeting security options to manage participants during your meeting

For more tips and step-by-step directions for implementation, check out this article from Faculty Learning Corner, or Tips to Deter Zoom-Bombers created by Michelle Pacansky-Brock. Zoom also has a blog post with embedded links to directions for how to prevent unwanted meeting attendees.

 
 

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