ConferZoom

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Zoom provides a reliable, easy-to-use, mobile-friendly tool for live, recordable online presentations, meetings, and discussions with audio, video, chat, screen sharing, polling, and more. It can be used within Canvas or independently.

ConferZoom is the CCC “branding” of Zoom and is available to all faculty and students at no charge. Faculty need to sign up for Zoom through the ConferZoom site to obtain unlimited pro (“licensed”) access to all features of Zoom, including:

  • Unlimited meeting lengths and very large numbers of attendees
  • Recordings “in the cloud” so that you do not need to manage large files of your recorded meetings
  • Auto-transcription of your cloud-based Zoom recordings

TechConnect / ConferZoom Support

  • Sign Up – Free for MCC Faculty. Sign up through CCC Tech Connect – not Zoom.us – with your @miracosta.edu email address. If you already have a basic Zoom account through Zoom.us, it’s important to contact TechConnect support to request an upgrade so you have access to the pro features of Zoom mentioned above.
  • CCC Tech Connect conducts one-hour Zoom training sessions from 12–1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9–10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To participate in a training, please send a request to support@ccctechconnect.org
  • User Guides
  • Support
  • Downloads (Client app, mobile app, browser and Outlook plug-ins)
  • More information about ConferZoom

MiraCosta Zoom how-to videos from faculty

  • Teaching with Zoom (Fall 2020 workshop) – CSIT faculty member Rick Cassoni provides a 1-hour overview of Zoom, from the beginnings of signing up for a Zoom account, to recommended settings within your account and creation of meetings, to the basics of using Zoom for both live and recorded online instruction.
  • Connecting with Students in Zoom (Spring 2020 workshop) – Letters faculty member curry mitchell shares a few simple activities and methods for scaffolding an interactive, collaborative Zoom workshop with students.  curry also discusses flexible and compassionate practices–such as attendance policies and creating asynchronous means for participation–to ensure we’re using Zoom to help each other. (Note, this session included 10 minutes in breakout rooms but the recording was not paused, so you can skip from when that happens at around minute 39 ahead to minute 49 of the recording.)
  • Sharing your iPad screen on Zoom – Math faculty member Angela Beltran-Aguilar demonstrates in this short (under 3 minutes) video how to use an iPad as your sharing source for teaching with Zoom.
  • Capturing a separate screencast of a Zoom session – Psychology faculty member Robert Kelley demonstrates in this very short (under 2 minutes) video how to capture a portion of a Zoom session, excluding student participants, in order to be able to share the recording more widely without FERPA concerns.

Once you have the basics of using Zoom down, review a two page document from Jim Julius full of tips and techniques for using Zoom effectively for teaching.

Zoom Teaching Tips: Inclusion, Security, and more

Captioning for ConferZoom

  • Zoom cloud recordings auto-transcribe and caption recorded Zoom sessions within a few hours (typically) of completion of the recording. Zoom’s interface makes it easy to fix up the captions so they are fully accurate.
  • If you have a student who requires live captions and you are using Zoom, please contact MiraCosta DSPS.
    • You will need to make a one-time change in your Zoom account settings to enable live captioning, and at the start of each Zoom session with captioning, you will need to assign the captioning role to the proper person in your meeting. See directions for both.

Optional: Canvas Integration with ConferZoom

Note – while there is a ConferZoom tool that you can integrate inside of Canvas, as of spring 2020 we are NOT RECOMMENDING that you use this due to inconsistencies in the behavior of this tool. Rather, you can schedule meetings directly through conferzoom.org and then share links to the meetings and recordings inside of Canvas. If you are still interested in the direct integration, follow the directions below to enable ConferZoom within your Canvas course.

  1. Enter your Canvas course
  2. Click Settings on the course menu
  3. Click the Navigation tab
  4. Click the 3 dots to the right of ConferZoom and select Enable.
  5. Click the Save button
    Step 4 and 5 Canvas LTI
  6. Click the ConferZoom course menu item which will appear in your course menu.Step 6 LTI Canvas

Once this is set, review the ConferZoom LTI User Guide for details on scheduling meetings through this tool.