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Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom for Teaching

Zoom can be used for asynchronous recordings, synchronous class meetings and recitations, and other meetings with students. It is integrated with Caltech's Canvas Learning Management System.

Faculty, instructors, and TAs have Zoom Pro licenses, allowing unlimited meeting time and up to 300 participants. If a Zoom Pro license is needed for teaching and has not yet been assigned, please contact the Caltech Help Desk, help@caltech.edu, 626.395.3500.

Recording Requirements for Live Zoom Sessions

All required class sessions must be recorded to ensure student access. Students may not be able to attend a session for reasons such as poor network performance and time zone differences. Zoom recordings can be saved in Zoom Cloud or locally, then copied to Google Drive. Both options generate links for access with caltech.edu login-only. Watch Caltech-specific tutorials on how to record a Zoom session and how to save to Google Drive, or follow the Google Drive How-To.

Zoom Privacy and Security Updates

IMSS encourages users to follow the Zoom Meeting Privacy Recommendations which address Zoom Privacy and Security concerns. These recommendations will help mitigate ZoomBombing and Zoom War Dialing. In addition, it is important that users maintain their Zoom client updated.

Zoom Live Transcripts (Live Captions) Now Available

Zoom live transcripts are now available for your meetings. Please note that at the moment, this feature is only available for users with @caltech.edu email addresses. Users with other email addresses like @hss.caltech.edu, @pma.caltech.edu, etc. will not see this feature. Enable Zoom Live Transcripts.

Zoom and VPN

VPN is not required for cloud services such as Zoom. For a better experience, IMSS recommends not connecting to VPN while using Zoom.

Complete Caltech Zoom User Guide

Please visit the IMSS Zoom Video Conferencing site for extensive user guides and resources on scheduling meetings, using Zoom features, and more.