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Zoom: Overview

Welcome to the Zoom Video Conference Homepage! This page is packed with resources to help you learn how to use Zoom. If you need a quick overview of Zoom, please check out the tabs below for individualized training videos and guides on the specific Zoom features. 

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Zoom: Getting Started Resources

Do you need help with downloading the Zoom App for quick access to this video conference tool? In this video below, you will learn how to download the Zoom App and pin it to your toolbar.

Did you receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting? In this short video segment below, you will learn how to join a Zoom meeting.

Do you need to turn on audio and video for a Zoom meeting? In this short video segment, you will learn how about the audio and video configuration settings in Zoom.

This short video segment will give you step-by-step instructions on how to share your computer/laptop screen with others attending!

Do you want to use a virtual background in your Zoom meeting? Check out the guides below on how to download the JSCC Zoom virtual backgrounds and upload them for use in a Zoom meeting.

Zoom Etiquette

Basic Guidelines

  • Turn on your camera, so your instructor can see you.
    • Dress appropriately.
    • Use a virtual background if you are uncomfortable sharing
      your personal environment. (Instructions provided in the
      Student Hub on the Zoom tab).

  • Mute your microphone.
    • Unmute your microphone to participate in discussions and ask
    • Use the chat feature if you do not have a working microphone.
    • If another student is speaking, and you would like to add a comment,
      please use the “raise your hand” feature in Zoom.

  • Use your First and Last name to login to the Zoom meeting. This allows
    your instructor to easily identify you and take attendance.

  • Pay attention! Maintain eye contact with the speaker on the screen.
  • Be on time to class. Communicate with your instructor if you will be late to
    join the Zoom meeting, or if you lose connection during the meeting.

Your Environment

  • Attend your Zoom class sessions in a quiet area. Ensure your area is free
    from background noise and distractions.

  • Sit in a well-lit room or position yourself facing a light source. Don’t sit
    with a light source (window) behind you, because you essentially become
    a silhouette.

  • Prepare your materials in advance. Log into your eLearn course, have your
    textbook readily available, and ensure you have paper and pencil/pen to
    take notes.

  • Turn off/silence your cell phone. Ensure your area is free from distractions
    and that you are not disturbing other students.

Zoom Video Conference FAQs


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Q. What is Zoom?

A. Zoom is a two-way video and audio communication platform used for virtual meetings. Zoom is used to host live course lectures, host office hours with students or meet one-on-one with students.

Q. Do I need a Zoom user account to access a meeting with my instructor?

A. No, you can access a Zoom meeting without having a Zoom user account.

Q. How will I receive the Zoom meeting information (i.e. link, meeting ID, and/or password) for my course?

A.  If your instructor uses Zoom for virtual meetings, he/she will provide the meeting information. For each course, please check with your instructor on how the meeting information will be provided to you. Some instructors may send you an email or post the Zoom meeting information in eLearn.

Q. What technology device do I need to access a Zoom meeting?

A.  You can access a zoom meeting on a computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or iPad. Your device must have a high-speed internet connection, a microphone, and a camera.

Q. How do I join a Zoom meeting?

A1. You can join a Zoom meeting by going to the website then click on the “Join a Meeting” tab and enter the meeting ID (see images below).




A2. You can also join a Zoom meeting via the Zoom App. First, you must download the Zoom App via the Apple or Google Play application store on your device. If accessing Zoom from a meeting link, you will be prompted to download the Zoom App.

Q.  Where can I get some help or find more information on how to use Zoom?

A. You can some helpful Zoom training videos and guides at

B. You can also contact the Distance Education Team by phone (731) 425-2623 Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or submit a helpdesk ticket 24/7 at for technical training and support.