Web Conferencing

Continue Learning with Zoom

As we make the transition to online learning, the goal is to make at-home instruction feel as much like a normal class as possible. Zoom can be accessed through Cardinal Apps and from within Blackboard courses. Along with faculty, UIW students are able to host Zoom sessions as well. Those sessions are limited to 100 participants and may not be longer than 40 minutes. Sessions may be recorded to a local device or to the Zoom cloud. Contact helpdesk@uiwtx.edu with Zoom questions or concerns.

Zoom logoProfessional Video Conferencing Tips

  • Mute your mic when you aren’t speaking to minimize feedback. (If you’re the host, you can mute others in the Participants window).
  • Avoid being backlit. Make sure the brightest light is in front of you or at the side.
  • Look into the camera when you’re speaking, not at your screen.
  • The Zoom virtual background feature allows you to display an image or video as your background during a Zoom Meeting (in case you'd rather others not see your messy living room). View virtual background instructions.
  • Do not share your Zoom conference links publicly (i.e., on external web pages, public forums, etc.). Malicious users are joining those conferences and displaying objectionable material.

Video with tips to maximize your video learning experience.

Zoom Accessibility

As we move instruction temporarily online, the following Zoom (a webcam communications program utilized by UIW for distance instruction) accessibility features can help us all communicate better.

  • Zoom is accessible for screen reader users, people who need keyboard controls or captions. View Zoom's Accessibility webpage.
  • Mosen Consulting provides guidance for #Blind and #LowVision users of Zoom in a free audiobook

Tip: Utilization of a static, non-moving background assists participants who are easily distracted or disturbed by motion, movement or background commotion, such as those with autism/ADD.