Teaching with Zoom

Establish Your Zoom Account and Schedule Your Online Sessions

View Tips on Getting Started with Zoom.

Faculty, instructors, and TAs can use Zoom to hold class sessions or office hours remotely. The Zoom video conferencing tool is integrated with CourseWorks and is accessible from a computer and mobile device.

First, create a Zoom basic account at http://columbiauniversity.zoom.us by selecting the Sign In button. Second, after your basic account is created, upgrade to a Zoom Pro account, which removes the limitations of a Zoom Basic account, by submitting a ticket to CUIT.

The Zoom software is available for Mac, Windows, and mobile devices. The Zoom download center at zoom.us/download provides links for all your devices.

Note: For schools that are managing their instructors’ use of Zoom, please refer to school-specific communications. If your school or department is not managing class Zoom sessions, please follow these instructions to schedule your course meetings:

Use Zoom to schedule your meetings:

Host Your Class Online Using Zoom

With a Zoom Pro account you may set up Zoom class sessions through CourseWorks.

  1. Using the CourseWorks navigation, go to “Zoom Class Sessions”
  2. Select “Schedule a New Meeting,” choose settings, and save
  3. Renavigate to “Zoom Class Sessions” in CourseWorks navigation to view all your “Upcoming Meetings”
  4. Start the meeting

If Zoom is not enabled for your course, see the section on enabling Zoom in “Using Zoom in your Canvas course

Taking attendance in Zoom:


Security and Privacy in Zoom

There are privacy and security considerations for any online class. Zoom provides a variety of settings and tools to help you keep unwanted external participants from entering your class space and for managing disruptive  participants. CUIT provides this overview of settings and tools to bolster security and privacy in Zoom when scheduling a meeting, during a meeting, and when recording a meeting. You can also access the Zoom security help documentation directly for more information.

Pedagogical Resources for Zoom:

Additional Tools

The following resources offer additional options to facilitate and support remote classes.


Further Reading

The CTL researches and experiments.

The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning provides an array of resources and tools for instructional activities.