Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows groups of people to collaborate and share ideas in real time, without being in the same location. Zoom is an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, and telephones.

The Zoom Student Guide for Students will provide you with in-depth instructions for all of your learning needs. The entire Zoom Support Center can be found here.


Students Tips for Virtual Course Meetings

In response to Longwood moving classes online, you may be asked by your instructor to join your class virtually via Zoom, WebEx, or Canvas Conferences.

Before the Session:

Before joining a virtual class, you need have access to a stable internet connection, a web-cam, and a microphone. You may not be asked to turn on your webcam or talk using the microphone, but it is a good idea to have them just in case. Best practice, is to leave the webcam and microphone turned off unless your instructor asks you to turn them on.

Access the Virtual Meeting:

Accessing a virtual meeting is easy. You simply click the URL for the online session provided by your instructor or click the link to a Canvas Conference from within your Canvas course. You should not need to download anything or create an account.

Tips for a successful virtual session:

  • Log in 5-10 minutes early to get familiar with the application and test your speakers/audio/video settings.
  • Join the session in a distraction-free environment. This means you should be in a quiet, well-lit room for the duration of the session.
  • Make sure if you use your camera that it is clearly pointing at your face and the background is not distracting.
  • Mute your audio when not speaking. Depending on how your instructor set up the meeting, you may not have audio access. If this is the case, use the chat feature to communicate with your instructor or classmates; remember to double-check the intended audience before sending any messages.
  • If you have a weak or unstable wireless connection, turn off your video/mic as needed to save bandwidth.
  • If you are screen-sharing, make sure you close all other applications, windows and browser tabs to avoid sharing the wrong or personal information.

For additional support, please contact the DEC: 

434-395-4332 or dec@longwood.edu