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Get Started with Zoom

​Faculty and staff can use a variety of Zoom options to communicate and conference with students and colleagues.

Although Zoom may be a bit daunting to set up in the beginning, the conferencing software offers a wide variety of ways to communicate with others in different locations.  Zoom offers many different options, and it's often a good idea to try them all out.  It gives you great flexibility in the time and manner you can meet and collaborate.

Zoom offers several Zoom Education Webinar sessions each week with a live host to answer your questions, and focus on the following topics: 

  • How to download Zoom applications and join a Zoom meeting
  • How to schedule a meeting and send out invitations
  • In-meeting controls and differentiation tools (including the waiting room, share screen, breakout rooms)

Zoom also has the following short videos to help teachers get up and running with Zoom:

Faculty and staff – Using Zoom

DePaul faculty and staff have access to the pro version of Zoom accounts. This allows faculty and staff to host meetings and classes up to 300 participants.

A note to faculty

For faculty, you have the options to conference outside of D2L (information below). You can also host Zoom classes and meetings through D2L with students. Registered students can attend classes and meetings through the Zoom integration in D2L. For more information, view the Zoom Teaching Commons page.

How to get started – Outside of D2L

These are all viable options for joining and creating Zoom meetings, but it's good to have different options. You can decide which one works best for you. Most of these options can be found on the Zoom Download page.

  1. Download the Zoom Desktop App for a PC or Mac. After you download, sign in using the “sign in with sso" option.  Use your DePaul Campus Connect login credentials. Now you're ready to join or start a meeting.
  2. Download Zoom App for mobile devices.  After you download, sign in using the “sign in with sso" option.  Use your DePaul Campus Connect login credentials. Now you're ready to join or start a meeting.
  3. Install the Zoom extension for either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  4. Navigate to  Bookmark this page. You always have the option to join a meeting, host a meeting, or simply sign in at
  5. Install the Zoom extension for Microsoft Outlook. This makes it much easier to schedule a Zoom meeting with fellow faculty or staff members. 

Scheduling a meeting

1) Schedule a meeting with Microsoft Outlook. Once you have added the Zoom extension to Outlook, two convenient buttons will appear to either Schedule a Meeting (some time in the future) or Start Instant Meeting.  Invite the people you wish to join the meeting.

Zoom extension in Microsoft Outlook

Choose your desired custom options (if necessary) in the pop-up window.  Then Zoom will automatically create a few different ways to join the meeting in the body of the email.  Add people to the meeting in the “Required" text field, and send the invite.

2) Schedule a meeting in the Zoom App.

3) Schedule a meeting through

Join meeting instructions

View the meeting invite in your Outlook. In the email invite or calendar location of the Zoom meeting, copy the meeting url (meeting location). Open either the Zoom Desktop App, Zoom Mobile App or navigate to and enter the meeting location at the scheduled time.

Schedule a test meeting!

If you haven't used Zoom before, schedule a quick test meeting.  Invite a colleague. Follow the instructions above to download the Zoom Apps and extensions.  Give it a try!  It's a pretty easy conferencing tool once you get the hang of it.

Try test meetings a few different ways:

  • Outlook: This is the easiest way to set up Zoom meetings.
  • Desktop App: This app will work with Outlook.
  • Mobile App: Set up a meeting on your phone.

Test meetings will help you learn more about the different options and tools available through Zoom.  For more information, visit the Zoom article in the Knowledge Base.

Get Help

Do you need assistance? Contact the Help Desk through the Service Portal or at or call at (312) 362-8765.