Quick Intro to Zoom for Tufts Students

As Tufts moves courses online, Tufts students will be invited by faculty to join class sessions on Zoom. This guide will get you started —

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a versatile, easy-to-use video conferencing app that allows people to meet via audio and video, chat via text, and share information remotely. It also allows you to record the audio and video of meetings, and share those recordings later.

Who can use Zoom at Tufts?

Tufts is now providing Zoom accounts to all faculty and students, at the “Pro” level

What equipment do I need?

You can use Zoom with a laptop, computer, or mobile device that has speakers, a mic, and a webcam. We  recommend using it with headphones with a built-in mic. Learn more here: What equipment do I need for using Zoom?

How do I log in?

Tufts students must follow these step-by-step instructions to log into Zoom with single-sign on (SSO) and your Tufts credentials: How do I log into Zoom?

Should I show my video feed when using Zoom?

It helps with communication if all the participants in a Zoom meeting show their video feed of themselves, from their webcam. Your professor may want you to keep your video on. However in Zoom sessions with many attendees the audio signal may be clearer if video is turned off.  If you're not sure, ask your professor. Learn how to turn your video on and off on here: Zoom In-Meeting Controls

What if I don't want to show the room I'm in?

Zoom has an easy-to-use "virtual background" feature. See: How can I set a "virtual background" in my Zoom video?

How can I take notes when I'm in a Zoom meeting?

You can open up a note-taking app and position it alongside the Zoom window, so you can see both apps and click back and forth between them. See: How can I take notes when using Zoom?

How do I use chat in Zoom?

In addition to seeing and talking with your professor and fellow students in Zoom, you can also chat via text in a side chat window. Learn more here: How to use Zoom chat

How do I raise my hand in Zoom, or give other feedback?

To raise your hand in a Zoom meeting, you can physically raise or gently wave your hand so it can be seen on your video feed.

Also, if your professor has enabled it, there is a set of "Nonverbal Feedback" buttons which includes "Raise Hand". To access these, click the "Participants" button on the bottom toolbar. Learn more here: Zoom Nonverbal Feedback Buttons

How do I use the other meeting controls in Zoom?

See: Zoom In-Meeting Controls to learn about other controls and settings you can access when you're in a Zoom meeting.

Where can I learn more about Zoom?

To learn more about Zoom see:

Tufts Zoom User Guide

Zoom's Help Center

To get help using Zoom contact [email protected]