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Announcements, Alerts, Tips and Pointers

Updates to the Meeting Registration Feature

Released this week, version 5.8.0 of the Zoom software client offers a number of new features. Among them is the ability to limit the number of persons who can register to attend your meetings, a feature previously available only in Zoom Webinars. To access this feature, the first step is to download Zoom version 5.8.0. […]

A Note About Participant Limits

In case you’ve ever wondered, the most participants you can include in a meeting on the VCU Zoom account is 300. You can verify this by logging in at vcu.zoom.us and check your “Profile” tab. Under “Account” you should see that you are a “Licensed” user with access to meetings that support 300 participants. In […]

Attendance Reports

Yet another helpful feature in Zoom is the ability to run meeting attendance reports. To take advantage of this feature, log in at vcu.zoom.us and click on “Reports” from the left navigation bar. When presented with the option, choose “Usage.“ From the list of recent meetings, pick the one you want. It may be necessary […]

Captioning Update

Zoom’s live captioning feature has now been enabled for all VCU users by default. It’s still up to you as host whether and when to actually use the feature. If you want to send out live captions in the course of your meeting, use the “Live Transcription” button in the Zoom taskbar and then click […]

Teaching with Technology Survival Camp 2021

Mark your calendar for an upcoming four-day boot camp designed to assist faculty in preparing for online and technology-enhanced courses. Sponsored by VCU Online and Academic Technologies, the boot camp — in Canvas and on Zoom — will include morning sessions August 17th – August 20th, 2021 on topics including, but not limited to:  Creating […]

New Zoom Policy for Software Updates

Zoom is instituting a new security policy that requires users to keep their software up to date. That’s always been a good practice, but soon it’ll be a requirement. The official notice from Zoom is as follows: Beginning November 1, 2021, customers will be required to update their Zoom software to ensure it is no […]

Improved Collaboration for VCU Zoom Users

As some users will know, VCU Zoom is actually divided into two accounts: a “HIPAA” account for departments and units dealing with protected health care information, and a “Main” account for all other users. One of the side effects of this division has been a limited ability to collaborate between accounts. Users on the “HIPAA” […]

New Features: Support for Gender Pronouns and Sharing to Breakout Rooms

This week, Zoom unveiled client version 5.7, with a couple of new features you may find useful. First up is the ability to have your preferred gender pronouns displayed in your contact card and as part of your display name in meetings and webinars.  Once your preferred pronouns are added to your profile page, you […]

New Adobe Creative Cloud Pricing Starts May 15th

This isn’t strictly a “Zoom” post, but the suite of Adobe Creative Cloud products can be used to enhance your Zoom meetings by creating personalized virtual backgrounds or avatars, editing and adding effects to video and audio clips for sharing, etc as well as many other professional and educational applications. Starting May 15th, students can […]

“Vanishing Pen” and “Reaction” emojis added to Zoom version 5.6.3

Version 5.6.3 of the Zoom desktop client was released on April 19, and among the new features offered are a “Vanishing Pen” for annotation and an expanded library of “Reactions” emojis and symbols. The Vanishing Pen can be accessed when you’re in Sharing mode by first choosing the “Annotate” option… …and then changing the default […]

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