How do I set up a Zoom session outside of Brightspace?

Help, Zoom

Zoom allows you to easily schedule and invite students to online sessions. Step by step instructions are provided in the video below. Tip: schedule a your sessions as a recurring meeting (no need to schedule a new meeting for each class).

After scheduling your session, invite students:

In your scheduled meeting,

  1. Copy the URL found under “Invite Attendees”
  2. Post the URL and invite text for students in Brightspace (e.g. utilize the Zoom page located in the Brightspace navigation bar, or advertise it in a Course Announcement)
  3. Students can join the session by clicking on the provided link

In addition to meeting details,  share the following information with your students:

  1. The session topic
  2. What you expect from students during the session and tips for netiquette
  3. Notify students if you plan to record the session and why (e.g. to post for students to watch later)
  4. A list of things to do before hand. Students should:
    1. Go to and sign in to activate their accounts.
    2. Try a test call to work out any technical difficulties well before class time
    3. Complete the Zoom Student Orientation Guide to get started with using Zoom.

Note: If students show up in your waiting room during the session, this means they did not activate their account first.  In the chat, send a message to the waiting room to leave and to go to and sign in before rejoining the session. It is not recommended to admit guests you are not expecting (e.g. a guest speaker).

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