Knowledgebase: Students and Faculty
Zoom: Meetings 101
Updated: 04 May 2021 04:29 PM

Tips for Running Effective Online Meetings

  • Online meetings ≠ real in-person meetings: The meeting needs to be structured, as participants cannot all speak at once. Lead the meeting, inviting questions at specific times, and use the Chat feature to have participants request the floor.
  • Use Mute and Unmute options for Video / Audio: when you don't want to be heard or seen.
  • During Screen sharing: Mute your desktop notifications macOS.
  • Screen Share a specific application or window only, rather than your entire screen.

Learn more Virtual Meetings Tips


How to use the Toolbar during the meeting

After joining your Zoom meeting you will notice a meeting menu located on the bottom of your screen. Each of icons allows you quick access a number of features.  

NOTE Host and participant view may differ and not all features will be visible during your meeting (or webinar) and maybe disabled by the host.

Meeting Menu


Key Features

  1. Mute (and Unmute) your audio and using ^ to access audio options.
  2. Stop (and Start) Video controls your video and using ^ to access video sources options including access to Virtual Backgrounds

  3. Security allows host to lock meeting, enable waiting room and remove any abusive attendees. Learn how to use Zoom security features
  4. Participants allows host to active attendees audio and video or assign permissions and using ^ to invite new attendees
  5. Chat* opens a window to start a group or private chat. Learn more about Chat 
  6. Share Screen opens new panel and using ^ to access how and when participants can share. Learn more about Sharing your screen 
  7. Polling host can create or launch a poll.
  8. Record will start recording the video and audio of the meeting. If you are already recording, you can stop recording by clicking the Stop
  9. Reactions temporary places an emoji on the screen.
  10. More access to Live Transcript (Closed Captioning) and Breakout Rooms. Learn more about Breakout Rooms 
  11. End allows the host to end or participants to leave the meeting.

*Chat Attendees cannot view chat history prior to their entry.

Enabling Closed Captioning (Live Transcript)

Host must enable Live Transcript (auto-generated closed captioning) before attendees can view it. 

From the More icon

  1. Select Live Transcript option.

  2. Click the Enable Auto-Transcription button.

Participants can view captions by selecting the CC icon.

NOTE Breakout Rooms sessions host must assign a participant to type closed caption and only one breakout room will have closed captions after you start the breakout room sessions.

Tips when using live transcript or 3rd party captioning service

  • Speakers should use a 'close mic' and speak at a constant pace.
  • When using a 3rd party captioning service, provide script and any specific nomenclature, acronyms in advance.

Learn more about Close Captioning

Ending your Zoom Meeting

From the meeting menu select End button and select one of the following options.

  • End Meeting for All to end a meeting for which you are a host
  • Leave Meeting if you wish to leave a meeting you have joined

Recording your Meeting

By default the host can define view of the recording (Gallery or Speaker) and can only start the recording. A disclaimer message will appear to the host and attendees when recording is enabled. Please review Guidelines for Privacy of Online Meeting Recordings before starting recordings.

  • Meeting recording files are only available after the host ends the meeting and are stored locally on the host computer.
  • Each recording is broken down into audio and video files.
  • Location of your files will be in a folder organized with the following description

  • Changing recording location from local to other cloud storage is not recommended since it may cause saving and converting issues.

Tips to Record your Meeting

  • During the meeting the host can assign the recording function to another attendee by selecting More button icon in the participant list.
  • Capture a different recording view of your meeting use Techsmith Knowmia

Learn more about Local Recordings


Sharing recordings

Unlike Teams which automatically saves directly to Stream, Zoom recordings must be uploaded manually to Knowmia, SharePoint or OneDrive then shared.
Learn how to upload a video to Knowmia
Learn how to share to OneDrive and SharePoint 

Meeting Support

If you are planning an event with Zoom, please fill out Special Events Support Form. Login on the left hand side of the screen, click on Submit a ticket and select Special Event Support Form
Getting Started with Online Events


Other knowledgebase articles

Zoom at OCAD U
Zoom FAQ
How to Schedule a Zoom Meeting 
How to Join a Zoom Meeting