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Student guide to Zoom and Microsoft Teams

Participating in a Zoom meeting

As a member of a Zoom classroom, you are consider an attendee. All attendees will see similar controls in the lower menu bar of their Zoom window. It may look a little different depending on whether you are on a laptop/desktop or a mobile device, but they will all have the same functionality.

Desktop/Laptop Menu:

Zoom desktop menu

  1. Audio settings - This is where you mute and unmute yourself. Desktop and laptop users will see the up arrow to the right; this allows you to change the microphone and speaker that Zoom is currently using on your computer, leave computer audio, and access the full audio settings.
  2. Video settings - Turns your camera on or off. Desktop and laptop users will see the up arrow to the right; this allows you to change cameras if you have multiple cameras, select a virtual background (if enabled), or access your full video settings.
  3. Participants - See who's currently in the meeting. Hover over your own name, click More and then Rename to edit your name. If enabled by your professor, this is also where you would raise your hand or select a different icon.
  4. Chat - Access the chat window to chat with the participants (including your professor). Please be courteous and respectful.
  5. Share Screen - Start a screen share (if the professor allows). You will be able to select the desktop or application you want to share.
  6. Record - You will not have permission to record the meeting unless your professor allows it. However, they may be recording it themselves to be posted to Canvas later. Please speak with your professor if you need access to a recording.
  7. Reactions - This is where you can select a thumbs up or clapping icon to indicate agreement or enthusiasm. Reactions will disappear after 5 seconds.
  8. Leave meeting - This is how you exit out of Zoom at the end of class. If you leave in the middle of class and want to come back in, your professor may need to allow you to re-enter.


Mobile Device Menu:

Zoom mobile menu

  1. Audio Settings - Same as above but with no up arrow to change settings.
  2. Video Settings - Same as above but with no up arrow to change settings.
  3. Share Content - Similar to Share Screen above; You'll be able to select what you want to share.
  4. Participants - See who's currently in the meeting. The participants list also gives you access to rename yourself. Most importantly, the chat is hidden in the Participants section on a mobile device.
  5. More - If enabled by your professor, this is where you would raise your hand or select a different icon like thumbs up or clapping.


Please follow this link for more detail:

Zoom Behavior

The Zoom meeting will be your virtual classroom for remote synchronous courses. As with a traditional classroom, there are guidelines for classroom etiquette that will ensure all classmates have a successful learning experience. Your professor may have additional or different guidelines (for example, they may want you to ask your questions out loud instead of in the chat), so please double check with them about their expectations.

  • Make sure you are muted when not speaking.
  • Respect others by waiting until they finish speaking to add your comment.
  • Be yourself and participate actively in class, just like you would in a traditional classroom!
  • Use the "raise your hand" feature to ask a question.
  • Ask your questions in the chat.
  • Set up an intentional physical space for class participation--this will help you get into class mode and minimize interruptions.


The above list was taken from: