APSU provides Zoom web conferencing licenses for current faculty, staff, and students
in the pursuit of teaching and learning in and outside the classroom!
APSU has its own domain for Zoom and youmust log in atapsu.zoom.us (opens new window)using your single sign-on username and password to access your free account and full
benefits. This is not the same as going to Zoom's website and creating a free account with
your APSU email. That account will have limitations (length of meeting, length of
recordings, etc.). If you run into any issues with Zoom, first make sure your are accessing the tool at apsu.zoom.us (opens new window) and make sure your Zoom is up-to-date.
APSU is approaching our Zoom storage limit. If the limit is met, no one will be able to record any additional videos to the cloud. Your assistance with this is essential. Please review your Zoom cloud recordings
and delete where possible. Watch this short video (opens new window) to learn more about deleting entire recordings or specific files from a recording,
updating your recording settings, and downloading files from Zoom.
Things to consider:
Is the recording something you are actively using in a current class and sharing with
students via a link? These recordings should stay in Zoom while your class is active. After the term,
you may reconsider if these recordings can be deleted or saved to your computer and
then deleted from Zoom.
Is the recording not for a course or not something you are actively using, but something
you want to keep? Download the recording from Zoom and then delete the cloud recording from your Zoom
account. In this way, you will have a file copy you can keep as long as you want
and it frees up space in Zoom for you to make new recordings.
What are you actually recording with each recording? Zoom is very flexible and allows for several “views” and file types when you make
a recording. We have adjusted the default settings to better balance the most common used recordings
with the campus’ space needs. You can review and adjust these settings on your individual account.
Have you heard about YuJa? With YuJa, you can upload video files, like those you get from Zoom, and share them
with others via a link or use the YuJa Media Chooser tool directly in D2L. YuJa even
has a video creation tool and editor so if you are using Zoom to create videos versus
recording lectures, you may consider YuJa. Distance Education also has a limited
number of licenses to Camtasia and Snagit.
Student Privacy Guidelines
APSU has recently released a document to help faculty apply student privacy policies
like FERPA to class sessions conducted over video conferencing. These guidelines
support APSU’s efforts to strengthen student and data privacy and apply to any form
of video conferencing like with Zoom or the like.
Who can create an APSU Zoom account at https://apsu.zoom.us?
Any active faculty, staff, or student can create an APSU Zoom account so they can
host meetings.* Account creation is as simple as logging in at https://apsu.zoom.us (opens new window) with your single sign-on credentials; however, it is an essential and required step
as you do not automatically have an APSU Zoom account.
*Who should create an APSU Zoom account at https://apsu.zoom.us?
Creating an APSU Zoom account gives the user a Zoom license so that they can host
meetings beyond the constraints of the basic free Zoom account. This means only users
that plan on hosting meetings need to create an APSU Zoom account.**
Do faculty, staff, and student users get different licenses?
Not at this time. Any active faculty, staff, or student can create an APSU Zoom account
and get a license. Please note, Zoom does not see you as a faculty, staff, or student.
The tool simply looks as you based on how you are participating – host, co-host, attendee.
**Is there anytime a user would need an APSU Zoom account to attend a meeting?
Yes. There is a setting in Zoom called “Only authenticated users can join.” This
optional setting is at the discretion of the meeting host. If the host turns this
on and selects “Attendees must sign into their APSU Zoom account,” attendees will
need to have 1. previously gone to https://apsu.zoom.us (opens new window) to create their APSU Zoom account and 2. sign into their already created APSU Zoom
account to attend the meeting. Attendees are not able to see in advance if a meeting
requires authentication. If hosts choose to use this optional setting, they must
notify their attendees in advance.
Is a Zoom account created or accessed at https://zoom.us with an APSU email the same
as an APSU Zoom account created at https://apsu.zoom.us?
No, these are very different accounts even though they can both use APSU email. Meetings
hosted by a free Zoom account created at https://zoom.us (opens new window) are limited to 40 minutes if there is more than 1 attendee, cannot be recorded to
the cloud, and cannot use polls. APSU Zoom account users receive a license to host
meetings, and, therefore, do not encounter these constraints.
You are an active faculty, staff, or student that needs to host a Zoom meeting for
longer than 40 minutes, what should you do now?
As Zoom is being used more and more, security also becomes more and more of a concern.
One option to secure your meetings is “Only authenticated users can join.” When enabled,
the host can then allow only users with an APSU Zoom account (@apsu.edu or @my.apsu.edu)
or any Zoom account. Please note this is an optional setting and may add an extra
step for your attendees to join. There are additional options to secure your meeting
besides authentication including requiring registration, passwords, and waiting rooms.
The best way to secure your meeting? Be careful with whom and where you post the
Important note when using “Attendees must sign into their APSU Zoom account” Any APSU faculty/staff/student can have an APSU Zoom account; however, they must “claim”
it. Users must go to https://apsu.zoom.us (opens new window) and sign in with their single sign-on credentials to create and claim their account.
This MUST be done BEFORE attempting to log into a meeting that requires authentication.
If they have not activated their APSU account FIRST, their single sign-on credentials
will not work here. As a host, if you are requiring APSU authentication, please notify
your potential attendees that they need to create their APSU Zoom first.
Zoom can assist you with taking attendance in video conferencing courses. To help
Zoom help you, make sure you tell your students to either 1) join class from their
APSU Zoom account or 2) when joining from a browser and prompted to enter their name,
they must enter their name to match the class roster. Pick a method below and try
it! If you do not like it, try another. Or, get your course buddy and help each
other test attendance options.
In-Class Attendance Options
Here/Present - The old tried and true “here!” method will still work in Zoom. You
can call out names and have students respond audibly with their microphone.
Nonverbal Feedback (opens new window) - a variation of the verbal “here” method is to call names and have them respond
with nonverbal feedback like the “Yes” or “Thumbs Up” icon. The feedback will show
up next to the student’s name on the Participants list.
Meeting Reactions (opens new window) – another variation is to call names and have them respond with a “Reaction.” The
reaction will show up on the square containing the student’s video or name (if their
video is off). This method does require you to have your video on in order for students
to see the Reactions option in Zoom.
After Class Attendance Review Options
Polling (opens new window) – Zoom polls are only single or multiple choice questions, but you could create a
poll with an attendance question. For example, “Are you present in class today?”
As long as you did not make the poll anonymous, you will be able to see who responded
to the poll. You can create one poll and use it in each of your recurring meetings.
After the meeting is over, you can run a report to see the poll results.
Reporting - After the meeting, log into https://apsu.zoom.us (opens new window), select Reports on the left side menu, then Usage report. This will give you a searchable
list of all the meetings you have hosted. Under the Participants column, the number
of participants is listed. Select the number and you can see a list of participants’
names. The list can be exported as well.
Zoom for office hours? Yep, just another awesome way to use Zoom! Set up a recurring
meeting in Zoom to allow students to stop by and ask questions. Check out this Zoom for Office Hours guide.
You can now join multiple Zoom meetings simultaneously. Log into your APSU Zoom account
at https://apsu.zoom.us (opens new window). On the left menu, select Settings. Under the Meeting tab, enable the “Join different
meetings simultaneously on desktop” setting.
In order to use this feature, you must have a recent version of the Zoom application
installed like 5.2 or higher and you must be logged into the Zoom app. You cannot
use this feature when trying to “join from your browser” and you cannot host more
than one Zoom meeting at a time. This feature is to help you attend more than one
Scenario: Meeting participant’s web cam video of themselves, their surroundings, or
their virtual background is distracting, inappropriate, offensive, etc.
The meeting host or co-host can stop a participant’s video. Select the Participants
button, hover over the participant’s name, select More, and then Stop Video. Alternatively,
when viewing the participant’s camera, you can select the ellipses button (…) and
then Stop Video. Refer to images below. The participant cannot turn their web cam
back on unless the host or co-host goes back in and selects Ask to Start Video. Zoom has more information about managing participants in a meeting on their website.
Scenario: You want to host more of a “webinar” style meeting where only the host or
co-hosts (a.k.a. panelists) can share their web cam video.
While there is not a true Zoom setting to initially lock participants’ video off (we
have asked for it though!), there is a work around. First, when you are scheduling
your meeting, ensure that you select Off for Participant under Video. This will ensure
that when the meeting starts the participant’s videos are off. In your invitation
to attendees, be clear that you do not want them to start their video.
After the meeting starts, they may still turn on their video. If this happens, the
meeting host or co-host can stop a participant’s video manually. Select the Participants
button, hover over the participant’s name, select More, and then Stop Video.
Alternatively, when viewing the participant’s camera, you can select the ellipses
button (…) and then Stop Video. The participant cannot turn their web cam back on
unless the host or co-host goes back in and selects Ask to Start Video. Zoom has
more information about managing participants in a meeting on their website.
Ever set up a Zoom meeting with a passcode and then forget to include the passcode
with the meeting link? Happens all the time! Well, it use to.
We have turned on a setting for all users called “Embed passcode in invite link for
one-click join.” Now, whenever you choose to add a passcode to a meeting, the passcode
will be embedded into the meeting link. Previously, the meeting link contained just
the Meeting ID and hosts had to remember to give the link and the passcode to attendees.
Now the meeting link includes the encrypted passcode. You can give attendees this
longer link for one-click join to your meeting. You could also give attendees the
Meeting ID and Passcode and they can join by entering this information in Zoom.
While this setting was turned on at the APSU account level, you can turn it off in
your specific Zoom settings. Simply log in at https://apsu.zoom.us (opens new window), select Settings on the left side menu, and search for “Embed passcode in invite
link for one-click join.” Finally, keep in mind that whether you share a link and
passcode, encrypted link, or meeting ID and passcode, once you share with someone,
it can be shared with anyone. Consider other security options in addition to Passcodes
to keep your Zoom meetings secure. Learn more about Zoom security on this pages under
the Securing Zoom tab.
Download Zoom App
Zoom can be used online at apsu.zoom.us (opens new window) or through the Zoom application on your computer. APSU issued computers may already
have the Zoom app installed. If not or if you are using a non-APSU computer, you
will need to download an in stall the Zoom app. You should not need admin access
to install Zoom on an APSU computer. If you do receive a notice for admin approval,
contact GOVSTECH at email@example.com or 931-221-HELP.
Zoom Live Training Webinars (opens new window) Zoom offers live webinars on a regular basis for a number of topics including getting
started, open question sessions, and Zoom meetings for Education. You can also watch
on demand recordings.
Reminder, Zoom does not see you as a faculty, staff, or student. All APSU accounts
are the same. You will need to seek assistance/look for resources as a host or a
participant. Distance Education has curated two YouTube playlists of Zoom videos
that are helpful for:
**Videos in the host playlist include the above, plus:
Scheduling a Meeting
Zoom 101: Securing Your Meetings & Virtual Classrooms
Recording a Zoom Meeting
Zoom EDU: Turn on Sharing Controls within Meeting
Polling (In Meeting)
Video Breakout Rooms
How to Use Waiting Rooms to Manage Office Hours & Drop-In Visitor Times
Zoom is used globally and is a leader in the web connection industry. This makes
them a target for those that wish to cause harm or be disruptive. It is important
that you take into account the security of your meeting settings to protect yourself
and your meeting participants. You need to secure your meeting from unwelcome attendees
and know how to manage your meeting settings and participants if they do get it or
you have disruptive participants.
Zoom virtual backgrounds are a great addition to Zoom. They allow a user to show
a little personality, add some fun to their background, or even make their background
look more professional! For example, your home office may not always be ready for
guests, virtual or otherwise. Using a Zoom background fixes that so people can focus
on you and not the piles of books and paperwork. And bonus, if you are a host, you
can create your own virtual backgrounds and share important information in them with
your attendees like the meeting agenda or class outline.
Watch these videos to get started with Zoom virtual backgrounds. Important: to access your free account through APSU which includes full benefits, you will
need to access Zoom at https://apsu.zoom.us (opens new window) and not at zoom.us.
Zoom recommends using virtual backgrounds with a green screen for best results. You
may be able to use virtual backgrounds without a green screen. However, virtual backgrounds
without a green screen will not work for all users based on their computer and camera hardware. Review the virtual background prerequisites (opens new window) for more information. Please note, if you get an error like the one below that your
computer can not support virtual backgrounds, than your computer hardware can not
support virtual backgrounds. In order to use virtual backgrounds, you would need
to set up a green screen.
Zoom virtual background comes stocked with some options to try. You can upload your
own images as well. To feel and share your APSU spirit from anywhere, try one of
these APSU branded virtual backgrounds. Please note, the image below is just an example,
visit the links to download files.