Zoom Quick Start Guide

The Zoom web conferencing system allows students, faculty, and other guests to meet synchronously over the internet. Everyone at the University of Maine System has a Pro Zoom license. To use Zoom, a user needs a few things to get started: a computer or mobile device with a webcam, a reliable internet connection (typically a wired connection is more reliable), and headphones with microphone capability. 

Zoom allows for the entire class to communicate in live time via audio, video, and text; it also allows people to share their computer screen with the class. Zoom sessions may also be recorded for on-demand viewing.  


It is recommended that you test your computer prior to attending a meeting. You will be prompted to download and install the zoom.us app. If nothing happens, click “Download” and “Run Zoom.”   Once you have set up and tested the zoom app you are ready to join a meeting using a provided URL or meeting ID.

Please review this video for how to join a meeting.

Download the Latest Version of Zoom Here.

It is recommended that you test your computer prior to attending a meeting. The website where this test is located can be found here: Zoom Test.

Zoom Technical Requirements/Recommendations

How do I log in?

The University of Maine Zoom Account uses single sign-on to validate your credentials. There are three supported ways to log into your account. You may log in via the mobile app, desktop client, or web browser. For more detailed information, or to log into your HIPAA Zoom Account, please select an option from below:

  1. Log in via Mobile App
  2. Log in via Desktop Client
  3. Log in via Zoom Web Browser
  4. Log in to your HIPAA Zoom Account


Getting Started with Zoom Whiteboard

Information on using Zoom's Whiteboard feature can be found here: Getting Started with Zoom Whiteboard

Integrating with Kaltura

Kaltura integration is used to automatically save Zoom cloud recordings in Kaltura. To integrate your Zoom account with Kaltura, you must first activate your Kaltura account by accessing your My Media space via Brightspace or the UMS Portal.

  1. The login page for UMS Zoom can be found here: UMS Zoom. Once logged in, click “Schedule A Meeting.

    Graphic of schedule a meeting button

    This can also be accessed through the Zoom desktop application by clicking on “Schedule.”
    Graphic of Zoom Calendar schedule button

  2. Once selected, you will be prompted with various meeting options.

Image of Zoom meeting creation form

  • Topic: Choose a name for your meeting.
  • When: Select a date and time of your meeting.
  • Duration: Choose how long your meeting will be. This won’t cause the meeting to end at that time, it is just for scheduling purposes.
  • Time Zone: By default, Zoom will use your computer’s time zone setting. To change the time zone, click on the dropdown menu beside Time Zone.
  • Recurring meeting: Choose if you would like a recurring meeting (i.e. the meeting ID will be persistent for the recurring meetings).
  • Registration: Determine whether registration is required by participants for this meeting.
  • Meeting ID: You can use your personal meeting ID or have Zoom generate one automatically. For security purposes, it is often recommended to have one automatically generated.
  • Template: If you’ve created meeting templates, you’d be able to add one here to apply to this meeting.
  • Security: You can select and input your password here. Joining participants will be required to input this before joining your scheduled meeting. You’re also able to add a waiting room or require authentication to join the meeting.
    Graphic of Zoom Meeting security options
  • Video (when joining a meeting): Default video by clicking on or off for host and/or participants.
  • Audio: Choose whether to allow users to call in via Telephone, Computer audio, or both.
  • Options: Expanded in this section are various options including alternative hosts, meeting recording, breakout rooms, etc.
  • Interpretation: You can enable language interpretation with Zoom version 4.5.0 and newer.
  • Save: Click Save to finish scheduling.

3. Once finished, you can either add it to the calendar system of your choice or click “Copy Invitation” to send out the invitation to your Zoom meeting.

Graphic of calendar integration options



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