Using Zoom

Zoom is an audio and video conferencing tool that is available to all Princeton users. It can be accessed through your course site in Blackboard or Canvas, or by going directly to and signing in using your Princeton credentials.

Instructors can use Zoom to conduct live sessions or to record and post lectures. The following article describes Accessing and Using Zoom.  This article describes a set of Zoom Best Practices including how to prevent Zoom-bombing. 

    How to invite your students to a Zoom session: Go to and click "Schedule a meeting." Fill out the form, click to save. Then click "Copy the invitation" and send it to your students either by email or as an announcement on Blackboard or Canvas.

    How to access Zoom in Blackboard: Go to your course site, select Tools from your course menu and click Zoom Meeting on the page that loads. This article provides more information about how to access and use Zoom in Blackboard

    How to access Zoom in Canvas: To enable Zoom in existing Spring 2020 Canvas courses, navigate to Settings in the course menu, select the Navigation tab and drag Zoom up to the course navigation section. Remember to save your settings. This article explains how to access and use Zoom in Canvas.

    Recording and uploading lectures with Zoom: Zoom allows you to record a session and save it to your computer. You can then share it with your student in Blackboard or Canvas. 

    Video tutorials on using Zoom to Record a Lecture

    Interactive features in Zoom: this table gives a summary of Zoom's interactive features


    Best practices for using Zoom or other web tools 

    • Consider using Zoom breakout rooms to encourage different forms of student engagement and participation in your courses. For more specific suggestions, see this guide.

    • For your first class, set aside some time to introduce your students to Zoom, get used to the interface and ensure that they’re able to connect their audio and video. 

    • When you set up your Zoom meeting, pay attention to the audio and video settings. To reduce noise as everyone joins the class, you might, for instance, want to by default mute your students’ microphones on entry. 

    • To improve the performance of Zoom, close applications that you will not use during the class.

    • Be mindful of the sound quality. Use a headset or microphone if possible. Repeat questions asked by other participants. To avoid sound feedback, do not join the meeting using both the computer’s audio and dialing in.

    • Keep in mind that remote participants may not have ideal internet connections. Use the Zoom chat feature to collect questions before and during the lecture. Encouraging students to turn off the video feed will help connectivity in a situation of low bandwidth. 

    • Make sure there is a light source in front of you, not behind you. If you have a bright window behind you, for instance, it will be difficult for the other participants to see you. Position the camera at eye level or higher so students can see you.