Learning with Zoom

Zoom is one of the most popular web conferencing tools in higher education today. It allows instructors to easily convene an online meeting with students, chat with or without video enabled, and deliver presentations while maintaining a good quality connection between all participants.

McGill licensed accounts

McGill students automatically have a Licensed account, which includes these and other features:

  • Hosting unlimited meetings with up to 300 participants
  • 24-hour maximum group meetings
  • Local meeting recordings
  • Breakout rooms
  • Screen sharing
  • iOS and Android apps for smartphones and tablets


Signing into Zoom

Log in to Zoom using McGill’s single sign-on (SSO): your McGill username and password.

Signing into Zoom from the web

  1. From a web browser, go to https://mcgill.zoom.us.
  2. From the Zoom page, click Sign In.
  3. This will open the McGill sign in window. Enter your McGill Username and click Next.
  4. Enter your password.
  5. This will bring you to your Zoom profile page.

Signing into Zoom from the application/client

  1. Click Sign In with SSO. Note: You may have previously used a specific Zoom account that you accessed with a non-McGill email and password; now, you can use your McGill credentials from this button.
  2. Enter your McGill username in Your company email.
  3. Follow the steps using your McGill credentials and click Allow.


There is a lot of information about Zoom online, but here are resources to help you get started:

  1. System requirements for using Zoom
  2. Test your internet connection by joining a test meeting
  3. Joining a Zoom meeting
  4. Optimize your WiFi and router
  5. Adding and sharing your pronouns
  6. How to record presentations from home using Zoom
  7. Video meeting etiquette tips from Zoom
  8. IT Services' equipment recommendations
  9. Set up strategies for online presenting
  10. Tips for presenting PowerPoints online


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