Tech Tutorial: Getting Started with Zoom and Canvas

Step 1: Set up Zoom in Canvas

eLearning recommends using Canvas Zoom because it makes your meetings easier for students to find, adds meetings automatically to Canvas calendar, collects recordings centrally, etc. If you don’t want to use Canvas, you can still use Zoom!

To set it up Zoom in Canvas, open your course. From Modules, click Add Content.

Choose to Add External Tool and look for Zoom on the list of Tools. Click Add Item. This will return you to the Modules page and you will see the link to Zoom. Click on it and sign in.

Step 2: Schedule Your Class Meetings

“Schedule a New Meeting”

  • Name meetings clearly to indicate lectures, discussion sections, office hours, etc.
  • If a recurring class session, select “Recurring Meeting” while setting it up.
  • Select “Record Automatically” and “In the Cloud” if you would like classes to record and automatically upload to your Canvas site after recording (recommended).
  • If creating this meeting for someone else or planning to have a moderator (recommended), add Alternative Hosts.

Step 3: Start Your Session

When it prompts you, allow it to open Zoom. The first time, you might want to test your speaker and microphone before hitting “Join With Computer Audio.”

Step 4: Check Your Video, Sound, and Configuration

You’ll see the following bar at the bottom of the screen. This is where you control different functions of the course.

  • The left icons let you Mute and Start Video to control whether others can see or hear you. We recommend that you start your video to let students see your face.
  • Manage Participants lets you see students, and, if necessary, mute them.
  • Chat lets students post messages to you and to the course as a whole. It’s especially useful for troubleshooting, so you might want to assign a moderator.

Step 5: Share Your Slides

You’ll also see Share Screen on this bottom menu. When you launch this, you’ll see options to share your whole desktop, a specific window, or a “whiteboard” you can draw on. (If you don’t see your slides, try making sure they’re open in the background, and try again.) Once you’re presenting, a top menu will appear with more options, including Annotation and the ability to “Stop Share.”

Step 6: Wrap Up

When you’re done, use the red “End Meeting” button on the bottom right.

If you recorded, your meeting will be uploaded within several hours to a day, depending on the length. You and your students can access the recording from Canvas -> Zoom -> Cloud Recordings Tab.


Trimming Your Video

Want to trim the beginning or the end of your video once it’s been uploaded to Canvas?

  1. Go to Recordings -> Cloud Recordings
  2. Press the play button to play the recording. You should be able to see a scissors icon at the bottom.
  3. Cut material from the beginning or the end by sliding the sliders. (You can’t cut out material in the middle.)

    It should update automatically when you refresh on Canvas.