Zoom: Teaching and Meeting Online

Whittier College has renewed Zoom Institutional licenses for the 2023-2024 academic year.

For Zoom questions, please contact Sonia Chaidez:  schaidez@whittier.edu or IThelp@whittier.edu.

Check out the videos below on using Zoom and its interactive tools for student engagement.

Zoom Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Host and what is a Participant?
A Participant is an invitee in a meeting scheduled by someone with a Host license. A Participant does not require a Zoom account in order to join a meeting. Participants can join a meeting from their phone, desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
What is the difference between the Basic and Pro plans?
Zoom offers a full-featured Basic Plan for free with unlimited meetings. Try Zoom for as long as you like – there is no trial period. Your Basic plan has a 40 minutes time limit on meetings with three or more total participants. Need your group meetings to last longer than 40 minutes?  Please see your department chair
What are the hardware requirements for using Zoom?
If you have a desktop computer, a laptop, or mobile device (either Android or iOS), it is likely that you are already equipped to take full advantage of using Zoom’s features.  You should download the Zoom desktop client for best results.  Zoom works best on Chrome Browsers. 
What equipment do I need to use Zoom?
To have the best experience in using Zoom, a webcam and headset with a microphone is recommended. 
How many participants can join the meeting? How many people can use one host license?
All plans allow up to 100 participants by default in every meeting (up to 500 with Large Meeting add-on). You can host an unlimited number of meetings but if you would like to have more than one meeting concurrently, you will need additional host licenses.
Can I use a free account to host a class meeting?
Yes, a Zoom Basic account allows instructors to host unlimited meetings with students. There is a 40 minute time limit on hosting meetings with a Zoom Basic account. 
How do I enable the ‘waiting room’ for hosting office hours?
Click on this link for more information: Zoom Waiting Room
How do I use annotation tools in Zoom?
Click on this link for more information: Zoom Annotation Tools
How do I use closed captioning in Zoom?
Click on this link for more information: Closed Captioning in Zoom
How do I record my Zoom meeting to the cloud?
Click on this link for more information: Zoom Cloud Recording
What is a Personal meeting ID (PMI) & Personal link?
Click on this link for more information: PMI & Personal link
How do I add participants to breakout rooms?
Click on this link for more information: Breakout Rooms
What are Attendee Controls (raising hand, reaction) in Zoom?
Click on this link for more information: Attendee Controls in a Meeting
How do I add polls to my meetings?
Click on this link for more information: Polls for Meetings
What are some tips for keeping Zoom crashers or disrupters out of your event or meeting?
Click on this link for more information: How to keep the party crashers from crashing your Zoom event
How do I delete cloud recordings (to make room for more)?
Click on this link for more information: managing cloud recordings