Faculty: What's New Archives

This book contains information about changes to Moodle.

NEW: Zoom Web Conferencing

Zoom logo"Zoom" has been selected as our new web conferencing tool based on an extensive exploration and piloting project undertaken by the Center for Instructional Support last year.

With Zoom, you can participate in a virtual meeting with up to 25 people. Zoom can be used for online gatherings such as class meetings, office hours, and study sessions. Everyone with an SOU computing account can create a Zoom host account. Anyone with an Internet connection can join a Zoom meeting, but only a host can start or schedule a meeting.

It's easy to create a "meeting" link right inside Moodle to have virtual sessions with your students.

Read all about setting up your Zoom account and hosting meetings here.

If you would like to post a link to your Zoom meeting space in a Moodle site, consider copying the following instructions into your course site:


Follow the instructions below the first time you use Zoom. After the first time, simply click on [link to your meeting space].

What do I need in order to use SOU Zoom?

SOU Account. To use SOU Zoom, you need to have an SOU account. To create your SOU Zoom Basic account, log in to My SOU, choose the Student SISWeb tab, and scroll down to the bottom of the list of Online Services for Students until you see “Zoom (Web Conferencing).” Your SOU Zoom account will be created the first time you log in to Zoom, and after that you will be automatically signed into SOU Zoom any time you log in to My SOU.

Zoom Installation. To participate in a Zoom web conference, you need to have Zoom installed on your computer or mobile device. The program will automatically install when you click on the meeting link posted here in Moodle. The installation process takes just a minute or two. Once you have installed Zoom, you can launch the application directly from your device. If you want to use Zoom on another device, you'll need to install the program on it, as well.

Hardware. As a meeting attendee, all you need is a phone or speakers to hear the host. If you wish, a webcam will allow you to share a live video streams of yourself.

How do I join a Zoom meeting?

To join a Zoom meeting, simply click on the link [link to your meeting space]. You can join the meeting using a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. See the “Getting Started” instructions applicable to your computer or device on the Zoom Support Center.

Click here for more information about using Zoom at SOU.