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Using Zoom to Participate in Programs

Most folks had never heard of Zoom before last spring. Now it's one of the most popular ways to get people together in groups online and Renaissance is continuing to use it for the Spring Semester.

The Zoom Training Team has created learning guides and recorded tutorials to help you learn this new tool. These resources are for seminar leaders and tech hosts and also for participants. Whatever your role in a seminar, all participants can benefit from learning the basics.

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Fall Seminar Leaders and Tech Hosts gathered on Zoom for a rollicking Christmas Party.

Basic Training and Guides

Getting Started

First you need to get connected with Zoom. These two short tutorials, designed for beginners, are all you need to know to join a Zoom meeting and participate as an attendee.

Then choose the learning guide below that matches how you’ll join a meeting. You can view the PDFs online or download and print them for future reference.

Conducting a Zoom Meeting

These videos and PDFs are from the Zoom training conducted for Renaissance Society program leaders and tech hosts. If you already took the classes and want a review, these will help you. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Zoom is also welcome to access them. They have been updated for Zoom version 5.4.9.

Designed for Seminar/SIG Leaders, Speakers, and their Technical Hosts, this recorded Zoom session covers meeting controls, roles in a meeting, and sharing your content online whether it’s slides, video or other information. Tips for communicating with your participants as well as meeting checklists are covered.

Not every presenter will use all of Zoom’s tools; however, it’s good to know what they are. Part 2 of the Basic Steps class, introduces more tools you can use to connect with your audience such as polls, file transfers and breakout sessions. Tips on equipment needed for a Zoom meeting, as well as techniques for handling questions and Zoom etiquette, are also covered.

Scheduling and Reporting

This class is designed for Technical hosts and/or Leaders who schedule Zoom meetings: What needs to happen before your meeting or seminar takes place. Topics covered include logging into your account and account setup, scheduling your meetings, and methods for sending invitations to your attendees. Plus, we will also cover some basic Zoom reports.

Here is a guide to managing your programs, particularly in scheduling your Zoom meetings using the online registration system.

Best Online Practices

This two-part seminar builds on your Zoom technical skills training and provides additional best online practices for attracting, engaging and retaining your seminar attendees. Specific topics include audio and video selection and use, presentations that engage with video and music, tracking your audience’s engagement, and techniques for being a great speaker, plus lots more.

Features Training and Guides

These Zoom recordings and PDF guides cover specific features and tool topics. The recordings are of live sessions with participant questions interspersed. You may want to advance past some of the questions. To do so, scroll through the Audio Transcript and when you see the next topic you are interested in, click that location in the transcript and the video will automatically advance to that spot. You can also click the CC button and see closed captioning at the bottom of the screen recording.

Breakout Rooms:

Polls and Waiting Rooms:


Renaissance Society (CCE) Registration:

Share Screen and Engaging Slideshows:

Views and Closed Captioning:

Zoom Registration:

Get Support

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Zoom Tips and Techniques

Check out the archive of these weekly quick tips. Click on the dates to see the PDFs. Plus, to view recordings of our Drop-in Sessions on Zoom Tips, where we do a deep dive on our most popular tips, click here.

  • Sept. 4: Sending Zoom Links | Turn off Video for Large Meetings | Use 1:1 Remote Support for Troubleshooting
  • Sept. 11: Check for Zoom Updates | Sharing a Cloud Recording | Put Meetings on Your Calendar | Best Practices for Playing Video Clips
  • Sept. 18: Settings for Screen Sharing and Annotations | Attendance Reports | Claim Host Role | Hiding Gray Boxes in Powerpoint Sharing
  • Sept. 25: Passcode or Waiting Room Required | Plan for Possible Zoombombing | Video Filters & Latest Updates | In-meeting Information
  • Oct. 2: Side-by-Side Viewing | Gallery View Drag-and-Drop | Backup Tech Host | Zoom Registration Reminders
  • Oct. 9: Insert Videos in PPT for Smooth Sharing | Set up a Hotspot | Update Zoom from Your Client | Rename Participants
  • Oct. 23: Set Time for Join Before Host | Use Spotlight for Multiple Presenters | Join Links Not Active
  • Oct. 30: Adding Links in CCE for Class Emails | Chat Changes | Recordings in the Cloud

How Do I ... ?

Various guides on How To Do certain advanced Zoom tasks.