Zoom is the virtual classroom and meeting platform used by MACC to deliver virtual class sessions, host meetings, and provide one-on-one support for students, faculty, and staff.
For the best experience…
- Join on a desktop or laptop computer that meets or exceeds MACC’s Technology Recommendations.
- Connect over a strong, reliable internet connection (bandwidth) – recommend between 3.0 Mbps and 4.0 Mbps.
- Use a headset with a microphone. This will let you hear and be heard more clearly. Headsets are sold at the Greyhound Store at all campus locations.
You do not need to be logged into a Zoom account to participate in virtual meetings. Basic directions and tips to prepare for, join, and participate in virtual learning and meetings are provided in the tabs below.
- Set up a professional learning space that is free from distractions. This space should allow you to give your undivided attention to the instructor and engage with others during class similar to what would be expected in an on-campus class setting.
- Know when your class meetings start. This information can be found by clicking “My Schedule” in myMACC and in the instructor’s syllabus in Canvas.
- Read the directions provided by your instructor in the Canvas course to become familiar with how to join and what to do if you have technical difficulties.
- Get up and be ready before the class start time. Dress as you would for an in-seat course on campus.
Join a Virtual Class
- Approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the class start time join with the link provided in the course in Canvas. This helps you be on time (or a little early) just as you would for an in-seat course.
- Follow the prompts to download the Zoom launcher (if it does not start automatically) or click “join from browser” if you are unable to download the launcher.
- Select “join with audio” and test your audio before class begins. In lower left corner of the meeting room, click the Chevron next to “Mute” and choose “Test Speaker and Microphone”.
- Test your webcam/camera as needed. In lower left corner of the meeting room, click the Chevron next to “Start Video” or “Stop Video” to view and adjust video settings.
- Turn on your camera if asked by your instructor. Look at your camera when talking in order to make eye contact with your instructor and classmates.
- Mute (lower left corner) your microphone when you aren’t talking during class. This will help to eliminate background noise that could distract others.
- Use the “Chat” feature to interact with your instructor and classmates when appropriate.
- Be sure to participate in any “Polls” or “Breakout Rooms”.
- You have tools to “Raise Hand”, “Yes”, “No”, and “Clap” in the bottom right corner to interact. Use them as instructed.
- Go to a place free from distractions where you can engage with the meeting host through screen sharing, chat, and other tools as needed during the meeting. For your personal safety and the safety of others around you, DO NOT join virtual meetings while driving or engaging in other similar activities that require undivided attention.
- Get up and be ready before the meeting start time. Dress as you would for a face-to-face meeting.
- Make sure you have the resources you want share with the meeting host. This includes a photo ID which is required for advising appointments.
Join a Virtual Meeting
- Find and click on the invitation (join) link provided by the meeting host. In most cases, this link will be sent by email when you scheduled the meeting or within 24 hours before the meeting.
- Join approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the meeting start time. This helps you be on time (or a little early) just as you would for a face-to-face meeting.
- Have all items that you need/want to share during the meeting with you, including your state-issued ID or passport.
- Download the Zoom launcher if it does not start automatically. You may click “join from browser” if you are unable to download.
- Test your Audio. In lower left corner of the meeting room, click the chevron next to “Mute” and choose “Test Speaker and Microphone”.
- Join with Video and be prepared to have it on throughout the meeting.
During the Meeting
- Look at your camera when talking in order to make eye contact with your meeting host.
- Use the “Chat” feature to interact with your meeting host when appropriate and/or if you experience audio issues.
Faculty and Staff
Zoom account and training requirements vary for faculty and staff depending on their role(s) at MACC. Basic information and guidelines to get started are provided in the tabs below.
MACC employee Zoom accounts must be part of MACC’s Educational account and used only for MACC official business. Contact Instructional Technology to set up a new account, check the status of your current account, or move an existing account into MACC’s Education account.
The Zoom QuickStart Guide for Staff is coming soon. This guide provides MACC supervisors and staff with the basic information needed to access/manage their MACC-issued Zoom accounts as well as set up and host secure meetings for a variety of purposes. Instructional Technology Specialists are also available to provide assistance as needed.
Features and Options
Available features, settings, and tools may vary depending on the employee’s duties and responsibilities. Also, there are a few settings that do not work with MACC’s Education Zoom account. If you have questions about a specific feature, setting, or tool, please contact the Instructional Technology Department.
Basic training is provided by direct supervisors, through Zoom School, and/or by Instructional Technology upon request.
MACC’s Zoom training is required for all faculty teaching virtually and optional for all others. Contact Instructional Technology to enroll in this course.
Special Circumstances & Account Management: Contact Instructional Technology for guidance and assistance with specific types of meetings and/or account management questions.
Attention and Engagement
All participants are expected to attend virtual classes and one-on-one meetings in a way that allows them to give their undivided attention to the meeting. For your personal safety and the safety of others around you, DO NOT join virtual meetings while driving or engaging in other similar activities that require your undivided attention.
Participants are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate, ethical, and legal manner at all times and engage during the virtual meeting same as would be expected in an on-campus classroom. Meeting hosts reserve the right to limit participation to prevent inappropriate behavior during a virtual meeting as needed and to remove/report participants who violate MACC’s Student Conduct Policy.
No, students, faculty, and staff can join and participate in meetings without a Zoom account. Only those who are creating and/or hosting meetings need a MACC-issued Zoom account.
This option is only available to MACC employees through the Desktop App (Zoom client) when they are logged into their MACC issued Zoom account