You can use Zoom, CIT's recommended video conferencing platform, to conduct live class meetings, hold online office hours, or to record lectures or video announcements to share with your students.

These PDF quick reference guides will walk you through Zoom basics at Oberlin. Print them out so you'll always have instructions at your fingertips.

Get Ready Zoom Quick Start Guide
How to get a Zoom account at Oberlin and install the client for Windows and Mac.

Get Set Zoom Quick Start Guide
Oberlin best practices for scheduling a meeting, inviting guests, and starting a meeting.

Quick Start Guide for Zoom on iPhone

Looking for resources for students? Visit the Remote Learning page for student-focused guides.

Note: These video tutorials are hosted in Box and require an ObieID and password to view.

Zoom Basics Video for Faculty
This short video was created by Oberlin Audiovisual staff and will walk you through how to download Zoom and use it to host a meeting.

Zoom Overview Video for Faculty
This hour-long training video is a recording of the presentations that Audiovisual staff have been giving to teach faculty how to use Zoom. Includes basics and Oberlin best practices.

Zoom's Professional Training team hosts regular, 45-minute webinars covering how to download the Zoom applications and join a Zoom meeting, how to schedule a meeting and send out invitations; and in-meeting controls and differentiation tools (including the waiting room, share screen, breakout rooms). Time will be allocated at the end of the session for live Q&A. Dates, times, and registration information available here .

Zoom Best Practices for Faculty

Replicating One-on-One Office Hours, Advising Meetings, or Tutoring Sessions using a Zoom Waiting Room and Google's Appointment Slots

Strategies for Dealing with 'Zoombombing'

How to Pre-Assign Participants to Breakout Rooms Using the Web Portal
Keep in mind that participants must be logged in using their ObieID and that if you upload a CSV to pre-assign rooms, you must use the ObieID@oberlin.edu version of a person's username rather than firstname.lastname@oberlin.edu.

How to Reduce a Zoom Video File Size Before Uploading to Blackboard or Box

Looking for pedagological strategies specific to Zoom? Visit the Remote Pedagogy Resources page for tips.

System Requirements

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
    • More information on required bandwidth available here
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
  • Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

For operating system compatibility and more information, visit the Zoom System Requirements for PC, Mac, and Linux page.

Need help?

CIT staff can assist you with using Zoom. Open a ticket using the CIT Tech Support Portal. When creating a ticket, select the Software category and the Zoom subcategory to send your request directly to Audiovisual Services staff.

Image shows a screenshot of the ticket creation page on support.oberlin.edu. A yellow box highlights the two fields below the Description box, indicating where a category and subcategory can be selected.
Choose a Category and Subcategory when creating a ticket to direct your request to the correct place.