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How to login to Bowdoin's Zoom Service

A full account for Zoom is available to all Bowdoin faculty, students and administrative staff. Follow the directions for logging in to the Zoom on the web, desktop, and mobile client.

Recommended Zoom Settings

These are the recommended settings when scheduling a Zoom meeting.

Using Zoom Tools on an iPad as an Attendee

Many of the tools you are asked to use when attending a Zoom meeting on a computer can also be used from the Zoom iPad app. Asking questions on chat, going into breakout rooms, whiteboards, annotation, and sharing screens from an iPad are all possible.

Advanced Screen and File Sharing in Zoom

Zoom is a web-based platform used for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars. During a  Zoom meeting, presenters can share their screen—including PDFs, Word documents, and images—and can both independently and collaboratively annotate files via the Zoom interface.

Annotating in Zoom

Zoom is a web-based platform used for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars. Through Zoom, presenters can share their screen—including PDFs, Word documents, and images—and can both independently and collectively annotate files via the Zoom meeting interface.

Comparison Chart Between Zoom on the Web, Desktop, and iPad

The Zoom desktop client, mobile app, and web client have different features than the Zoom web portal.

Setting Up Zoom for Open Office/Conversation Hours

Zoom is a great tool for virtual open office/conversation hours, but to keep individual meetings with students private, it is important to properly configure your global Waiting Room settings.

Turning on Live Captions in Zoom

Live captioning (called live transcription) in Zoom is available to all faculty, staff, and students.  Live transcriptions show text to speech on the lower part of the Zoom window or in a full transcript window. Live transcripts are machine-generated and while they are not as accurate as a person, they can be helpful for participants in a loud or public space, do not have access to headphones or speakers, are English language learners, or benefit from hearing and reading content simultaneously.

Custom Bowdoin Zoom Backgrounds

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs created a set of Bowdoin Zoom backgrounds to use during classes and meetings. Backgrounds are useful for blocking distractions happening behind you like your cat wanting attention!

Differences between Host, Co-Host, Alternative Host, and Participant Roles in Zoom

When setting up a meeting you may want to add alternative hosts who can start and let people in from waiting rooms in case you are not there in time. View the differences in roles and what is allowed.

Fixing a "Launch Error" when trying to schedule Zoom meetings in Blackboard

Occasionally,  an error may happen when trying to access the Zoom scheduling integration in a Blackboard course, when clicking on the Zoom Sessions link.