What is Zoom?

Zoom is a web conferencing tool. It allows instructors to quickly convene online meetings with students, chat with or without video-enabled, and deliver presentations while maintaining a good quality connection among all participants.


If you are recording your course in a teaching space on campus, please read the Guidelines for media recording of students in learning spaces.

You can also use the Notice of Collection of Personal Information we prepared. You must add one or both notices to your syllabus or notify your students beforehand.

Zoom Software Lifecycle Policy

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Zoom Software Lifecycle Policy

Zoom will enforce minimum versions as outlined in its Software Lifecycle Policy on August 5, 2023 (Pacific Standard Time) for all products and services. This is a quarterly enforcement policy, so please check their support article and status page for future dates and versions.

Go to the Zoom Software Lifecycle Policy webpage

Benefits of using Zoom

What can I do on Zoom?

  • Deliver or attend live course sessions
  • Engage with your students through chat, audio, and video features
  • Participate in Breakout Rooms and polls
  • Host unlimited meetings with up to 300 participants
  • Record meetings
  • Screen share
  • React using emojis 
  • And more

How to use Zoom

What do I need to use Zoom?

  • Computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone with a stable, high-speed internet connection (iOS and Android apps available).
  • Headphones, earbuds, and/or speakers.
  • Microphone (a separate microphone can be better than your device's built-in).
  • Web camera (optional, preferred for face-to-face connection).

The Zoom toolbar


Use this handy info to see the interface of Zoom and how to use the features.

Screen capture of the Zoom toll bar with text (image)

Accessing Zoom

Accessing Zoom through Virtual Campus (Brightspace) directly by clicking on the button using the same uO email credentials (uO Single Sign On).

Having trouble logging in? Find out how to create an account.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How do I restrict my meeting to only uOttawa accounts?

Please note! When you create a new meeting, there are no access restrictions by default. Anyone with the link to your meeting can connect to it. To restrict access, please follow the instructions below.

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Screen capture of the Zoom client. You will find the same setting in the Zoom web client.

When creating a new meeting, click on the check box: Require authentication to join (see image below) to see the restriction list drop-down menu and select the restriction you want to apply to this specific meeting:

  • If you select: Zoom, Every person with a Zoom account will be able to connect
  • If you select: Only allow @uOttawa accounts using zoom.us and uOttawa SSO, all persons having an account with uOttwa.ca suffix email account (i.e., JohnDoe@uOttawa.ca) created on the regular Zoom website (https://zoom.us) or on the uOttawa Zoom server (https://uottawa-ca.zoom.us) will be able to join.
  • If you select: Only permits @uOttawa accounts using uOttawa SSO, only persons having created an account on the uOttawa Zoom website at https://uottawa-ca.zoom.us can connect to your meeting.

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Screen capture of the Zoom client. You will find the same setting in the Zoom web client.

Training and support

We have an ongoing slate of training activities that cover Brightspace, teaching technologies (Zoom, Simple Syllabus, Yuja, etc.), teaching strategies and more. Browse upcoming training events.