Web Conferencing with Zoom

Zoom serves as the web conference service for all SDSU faculty, staff, and students. Zoom works with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Linux, allowing users to connect via video, audio, and/or screen sharing remotely from any location. Faculty can use Zoom to teach an entire class synchronously online, or to facilitate breakout meetings with one or more students. Additionally, students and staff can utilize Zoom to facilitate meetings with peers, colleagues, and other campuses locally, nationally, or internationally.

Before using Zoom, please note that this is a two-way web conferencing tool, and that you should make yourself and your surrounding area presentable prior to joining any Zoom meeting in case the camera video is on by default.

Getting Started with Zoom:

Zoom Security:

Zoom Basic Features:

Zoom Advanced Features:

Teaching with Zoom:


How to access your SDSU Zoom account:

To access Zoom, go to sdsu.zoom.us and sign in using your SDSUid. You can also access Zoom from your smartphone by downloading the Zoom Video Conferencing app. In both the desktop and mobile application, click “Login with SSO” and select sdsu.zoom.us as your domain. Once logged in, you can schedule and join meetings via your web browser, Zoom desktop application, Zoom mobile app, or telephone.

For help signing in, please see the SDSU Zoom Basics Guide

To activate your SDSUid account (only if you have not already received your SDSUid), please follow the instructions outlined here.


Getting Started with Zoom


5 Do’s and Don’ts of Webcam Etiquette:


Access Zoom Support 24/7:

San Diego State University Materials:

A limited number of Webinar Licenses are available to SDSU users, please submit a ServiceNow request to the IT Division Help Desk for more information.


Zoom Functionality:

Zoom uses for instruction:

  • Live (synchronous) online/blended lectures
  • Online class meetings
  • Virtual office hours
  • Student presentations

Zoom uses for faculty, staff, and students:

  • Facilitation of 1:1 and group meetings with peers/colleagues local and abroad
  • Remote presentations at conferences
  • Conference calls
  • Screen share troubleshooting

Advantages of Zoom:

  • Ability to connect via telephone, video, and/or device audio
  • Share screen as a presenter, or allow other participants to share screens
  • Record presentation for later, on-demand (asynchronous) usage
  • Ability to assign participants to breakout rooms

Zoombombing: How do I keep uninvited users from crashing my zoom meeting and posting inappropriate content?

If you have a high profile meeting or webinar please contact ZoomCorps for assistance

Due to the increased reliance upon Zoom for virtual meetings, many users holding public meetings have experienced unwanted participants hijacking their Zoom meetings to project inappropriate content.

As of April 8th, 2020, Zoom has published a security update to make it easier for users to keep unwanted guests from disrupting their meetings.

If you have not yet updated your Zoom app, when you open the app you will be prompted to update (version 4.6.10). Once updated you will see a Security icon on the left hand side of the toolbar. If you click on the icon you will see a pop up menu that now gives you all your security options in one convenient location, including:

  1. “Lock Meeting”, so that no one can enter once you’ve begun.
  2. “Enable Waiting Room”, so that attendees must wait to be let in.
  3. Enable or disable participants ability to “Share Screen”, “Chat”, or “Rename Themselves”.
  4. “Remove Participants”, by clicking the menu option and once the pop up window has opened, clicking “Remove” on the participant you wish to remove.
  5. In addition, when you are sharing your screen, click on the security icon in the toolbar and you will see an option at the bottom of the menu to allow participants to “Annotate On Shared Content” which can be enabled or disabled as needed.

Finally, if you need to quickly mute participants, you can click on the Participants icon on the toolbar and there is a “Mute All” button at the bottom of the participants pop up window. Be sure to uncheck “Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves” when prompted.

The video below provides walkthrough on disabling screen sharing for participants:

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