Zoom Quick Start Guide – Student Edition

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based platform for video and audio conferencing, mobile collaboration, and simple online meetings. Zoom’s web-based conferencing uses high-quality video and audio and is accessible on MacOS, Windows, Android, and iOS mobile devices. Anyone in the world can join a Zoom meeting but only a host can start/schedule meetings.

If you have any difficulty joining a meeting or configuring your audio and video, contact the EP Help Desk at ep-help-desk@jhu.edu for assistance.

1. Join a Meeting

Every Zoom meeting room has a unique URL. As the meeting host, your instructor will make this URL available to you either via e-mail or from within Blackboard.

  1. After clicking the meeting’s URL, you’ll be prompted to download and run Zoom. A zoomusLauncher.zip file will download. Note:┬áIf you’re not automatically prompted to download Zoom, you can download it from https://zoom.us./download.
  2. Click the file and install the launcher.

Watch the video below for more details on joining a Zoom meeting.

2. Configure Your Audio and Video

Once you join a Zoom meeting, you’ll need to configure your audio and video. Watch the video below for details on how to configure/test your audio and video.

3. Meeting Controls

Once you’ve joined a Zoom meeting, there are a range of controls that can be used, such as muting and unmuting your microphone, enabling/disabling your video camera, and chatting with fellow student participants. Watch the video below to learn more about Zoom’s meeting controls.