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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 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 […]

Closed Captions and Live Transcriptions

As of Feb 1, 2021, the “live transcript” option has been added to the VCU Zoom account, making it possible for users to include live captions in their meetings. To take advantage of this feature, you’ll need to be running at least version 5.5 of the desktop client. You can update your version by opening […]

The Trouble With Chromebooks

A number of users have experienced difficulty using Chromebooks to participate in Zoom meetings. For one thing, they’re unable to enter Breakout Rooms by choice, or even to be manually assigned to them by a meeting host. The Zoom Support team has advised us that this issue and others stem from the comparatively primitive nature […]

Using the Language Translation Feature

The “Language Translation” feature has been enabled for VCU Zoom users. With it, you can provide non-English speakers with a real-time translation to the language they need. As host, you’ll need to enable language interpretation when you schedule your meeting. The feature requires the cooperation of a meeting participant who act as an interpreter. It […]

Participants Can Choose Breakout Rooms in Zoom 5.3.0

The latest version of the Zoom desktop client adds the ability for meeting participants to place themselves in Breakout Rooms. With Version 5.3.0, the meeting host can decide from three choices when using Breakout Rooms: (1) allow Zoom to randomly assign participants into a designated number of rooms, (2) let the host manually make the […]

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