Zoom is the College’s preferred tool for audio and video conferencing. The College has purchased a site license. All Mount Holyoke faculty and students can initiate video and audio conference calls of unlimited duration using this tool, with a maximum of 300 participants on the call. You are able to set recurring or one-time Zoom meetings, and Zoom integrates with both Google Calendar and Moodle.
In a remote teaching situation, we suggest you use Zoom for:
If you are a first-time user, please sign up for an account at that page. Use your Mount Holyoke e-mail address to sign up, to ensure you have access to the account privileges we have purchased for our users. Existing Mount Holyoke Zoom users have had their accounts upgraded to reflect our new site-wide license.
Please note: if you have multiple Google accounts - such as a personal Gmail address, as well as your Mount Holyoke account - and you have been in the habit of using both accounts on the same computer or in the same web browser, you may need to log out of other Google accounts before trying to access mtholyoke.zoom.us, in order to log in successfully. Should you see any unexpected errors, please take a screenshot if you’re able, or write a short description of the error, and contact Mount Holyoke's Zoom Help. We will do our best to provide guidance to untangle your accounts.
We recommend you install the appropriate Zoom application on all devices you are likely to use to connect with other members of our community, including desktop and laptop computers and mobile devices as appropriate. If you have trouble downloading Zoom, please open a ticket with the Technology Help Desk.
There are a couple of different ways to schedule a Zoom meeting, and you may want to start in a different place depending on your goal.
Zoom allows meeting participants to join a videoconference through a variety of methods, including smartphone applications, voice-only phones, or computers without microphones or cameras. Please be sure to enable both video and audio participation for meeting attendees. You can stress that video participation is preferred, but enabling all access options ensures that anyone experiencing a loss of Internet access or limited access to technology may have an easier time staying connected.
Please encourage your videoconference participants (including students and/or colleagues) to download the Zoom app to the devices they intend to use for remote learning. Scheduling, joining, and participating in live class sessions, small group work, or one-on-one meetings will be easier to manage if the Zoom app is already installed.
To access a meeting directly from the web, rather than via the Zoom app, visit Join a Meeting and enter the nine-digit number that is unique to the meeting. This number can be found in the invitation, and is at the end of the URL generated for each meeting.
Update: Zoom has recently released a series of security fixes; we strongly recommend you update the app wherever you have it installed. One of the newest additions to the meeting interface is a security panel, which aggregates a host's participant management options into a single menu:
Please continue to keep Zoom up-to-date to take advantage of this and future new features!
There's been a lot of news recently about Zoom and security. While LITS is confident at this time that it remains the most scalable and user-friendly videoconferencing solution, we recommend you both review the security tips on our main web site and keep the following suggestions in mind:
Please also keep accessibility needs in mind when scheduling Zoom sessions, especially if you are hosting synchronous classes. The College's stated preference is that you provide instruction asynchronously as much as is possible, in part to improve the accessibility of all our courses and ensure an equitable and inclusive learning experience for all our students. You can read more about Zoom and accessibility on the LITS web site.
In addition to supporting videoconferencing needs via Zoom, LITS staff have enabled Google Hangouts Chat and Google Hangouts Meet for all Mount Holyoke community members.
We recommending using Google Hangouts Chat to quickly connect with MHC colleagues over chat, either from within your Mt. Holyoke e-mail or as a standalone application on a smartphone. You may have to request the ability to connect with a particular individual you'd like to chat with via this model.
Right now, LITS recommends you use Zoom for class meetings, virtual office hours, and meetings that need to have live closed captioning for accessibility. We recommend trying Google Hangouts (Chat and/or Meet) for informal 1:1 conversations, or livestreaming events that don't require audience participation.
Want to compare the differences between Zoom and Google Hangouts Meet? Check out our handy comparison chart!
Need help getting ready to use Zoom? While most users find it relatively intuitive, a variety of support options are available. These include: