Audio and Virtual Conferencing with Zoom
Please note the following Zoom changes Tufts will be making on Sunday, February 28:
- Screen Sharing will be disabled for everyone except the meeting host - When meetings begin, only the hosts and co-hosts will be able to share and enable other participants to share. Hosts and co-hosts can enable sharing at any point during a meeting simply by clicking the Security shield icon in the control bar at the base of your Zoom window.
- Annotation will be disabled by default ("Only the user who is sharing can annotate") - When meetings begin, only those who are screen sharing will be able to annotate. The person sharing content can enable or disable annotation for others in meeting by clicking the "... More" button in their floating toolbar and selecting "Enable Annotation for Others" or "Disable Annotation for Others".
- The meeting control bar that includes the security shield icon will be set to always show at the bottom of your main Zoom window. Hosts and co-hosts will have easy access to controls for sharing and other capabilities that are often used by hackers to disrupt meetings.
Update Your App
Tufts Zoom users should always keep their Zoom client up to date as Zoom changes and enhances features and security on an ongoing basis.
To check if your Zoom client is up to date (the latest version is 5.5.2 as of 2/17/2021):
- Click on your profile top right in the Zoom client
- Scroll down to check for updates
- If an update exists, accept, and install it.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a communication service that allows users to participate in audio and video conferencing, content sharing, and chats. Hosts can also record meetings and share them at a later date.
For the best user experience, including access to the latest security features, it is recommended that you keep your Zoom desktop application up to date and use it to host/join meetings. NOTE: When signing in to the Zoom desktop or mobile applications, you must use the Sign In with SSO (single sign-on) option and your Tufts credentials. For more details, see the sections below on the Zoom desktop and mobile applications.
Ways to Use Zoom
There are several ways to use Zoom, depending on hardware/software availability and user preference.
For Tufts faculty who plan to use Zoom for distance teaching and learning, please also refer to Education Technology's Teaching with Zoom guide.
To access Zoom through your internet browser, go to https://tufts.zoom.us and log in with your Tufts username (e.g. jjumbo01) and password.
Through the Zoom website, you can:
Manage account and meeting settings
- View and manage recordings
To download the Zoom desktop application, go to the Zoom Download Center. Click on the Download button under Zoom Client for Meetings.
Through the desktop app, you can:
Manage account and meeting setting
Participate in individual and group chats
Signing in to the Zoom Desktop Application
Once you have installed the Zoom desktop application, you will need to sign in with your Tufts credentials using the directions below.
- Open the Zoom desktop application.
- Click Sign In.
- In the Sign In window, click Sign In with SSO (Single Sign-On).
- In the company domain field, enter “tufts” so that the entire domain is tufts.zoom.us. Then, click Continue.
- You will be directed to a Tufts login page. Provide your Tufts username (e.g. jjumbo01) and password. Then click Login. (You will also need to complete DUO two-factor authentication.)
- Click Open zoom.us.
- The Zoom desktop interface will open.
Manually Checking for Updates
- Open the Zoom desktop application and sign in with your Tufts credentials using the directions above.
- Click on your profile icon toward the top right of the Zoom window.
- Select Check for Updates.
- A window will appear with information about your current version of Zoom. If an update is available, follow the on-screen prompts to do so.
The Zoom mobile app can be downloaded on your smartphone from the iOS App Store or Google Play.
Through the desktop app, you can:
- Start/Join meetings
- Schedule meetings
- Manage account and meeting settings
- Participate in individual and group chats
Signing in to the Zoom Mobile App
Once you have installed the Zoom mobile application, you will need to sign in with your Tufts credentials using the directions below. (Note: These directions are for the Zoom iOS app. The directions for the Zoom Android app may vary slightly.)
- Open the Zoom mobile application.
- Click Sign In.
- Tap the SSO (single sign-on) option.
- In the company domain field, enter “tufts” so that the entire domain is tufts.zoom.us. Then, click go.
- You will be redirected to a Tufts login page. Enter your Tufts username (e.g. jjumbo01) and password. Then, click Login.
- Click Open.
- The Zoom mobile application will open.
It is possible to call into Zoom meetings over the phone.
Calling into a Zoom Meeting
Dial into one of the Zoom call-in numbers. (These can be found in the meeting invitation.)
When prompted, enter the Meeting ID number.
When prompted, enter the meeting password.