Skidmore's Zoom

Zoom delivers high quality web conferencing that combines online meetings, chat, screen sharing, mobile collaboration and more. Zoom is available to every member of the Skidmore community and integrates with your Skidmore username and password.

What you need to know about Zoom

Zoom is Skidmore’s web-conferencing platform of choice because it offers an excellent tool set, consistently high performance, it is the most secure conferencing platform available offering superior privacy features. Faculty, Staff, and Students have instant access to a Zoom Pro Account to schedule, host and record online meetings for one-to-one and small group virtual meetings.

  • Up to 100 people can participate in a call
  • Screen Sharing
  • Video breakout Rooms
  • Co-annotation, Multi-Sharing and Polling
  • Integration with iOS and Android devices as well as Blackboard and Microsoft Outlook
  • Outperforms WebEx and Skype
  • Will not mine your data for marketing

Why is Skidmore’s Zoom an excellent tool? Skidmore provides up to 200 pro Zoom user licenses available to the Skidmore community. How is this different from cost-free tools like Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.,? While these tools are freely available and require no licensing fees, generally speaking and in exchange for their use, you may be agreeing to waive consent to some aspects of your privacy. Many no-cost services may collect information about you via browser cookies, which may then be sold for marketing and advertising. It is always a good idea to read the fine print to understand the nature of a company’s user agreement and terms before clicking Accept. For freemium providers that state they do not mine your data, they may go out of their way instead to encourage you to license their premium product.

As a best practice, we recommend leaving your video turned off when you first enter a meeting that you host or join. IT has configured Zoom so that your camera and the cameras of those joining your meeting are turned off upon first entering the meeting. In order to turn your video on, you have to click on Start Video as shown here.

Picture of students participating in a web conference call in LEDS learning lab
“The use of Skidmore’s Zoom and WordPress enabled my ED117 class to conduct synchronous, live collaborative class sessions shared with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Winthrop University in North Carolina. We established a learning community that stretched beyond the borders of one institution, in one locale, to multiple regions and individual representations.”  – Joan Swanson, Assistant Professor and Associate Chair, Education Studies


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