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Best Practices for Teaching with Zoom

Zoom News

April 28, 2020

Zoom 5.0 was released 

  • Please update now!  Beginning May 30th, all Zoom clients must be on 5.0+ due to improvements to their encryption algorithm. If you have not updated by May 30th, you will be prompted for confirmation before upgrading. You will not be able to join meetings if you have not updated.

Simplified buttons for ending and leaving meetings

  • Zoom has made it easier for a host to end or leave a meeting. If the host leaves, they can now easily select a new host and have the confidence that the right person is left with host privileges!

A Note about Passwords

  • When you set passwords for your meetings, Zoom will generate a meeting link that incorporates the password. This means that anyone entering the meeting using the link will not have to enter the password. So, be careful with that link!


April 20, 2020: MSU offers Virtual Backgrounds to use in your Zoom meetings.

April 20, 2020: Zoom is holding a Virtual Background Competition! Check it out!

April 15, 2020: Zoom has enacted a 90-day plan to review and improve their security and privacy. Check for updates to the Zoom app often!

April 8, 2020: Security icon brings important security features to your fingertips!



MSU Faculty, Staff and Students

Zoom Help for Students

Zoom Help for Faculty

Secure Your Meetings

These job aids are part of the Zoom Comprehensive Faculty Guide which is linked below. They have been uploaded as individual files for your convenience. 


Zoom Quick Start Guide for Faculty (PDF) includes:

Zoom Comprehensive Faculty Guide (PDF) includes everything listed above and more:

  • Tour the Zoom app
  • Navigate a meeting
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Mobile App

Zoom Guide for Virtual Office Hours (PDF)

  • Best practices for creating office hours
  • Instructions on how to set them up (it's not just a normal meeting)

Troubleshooting Guide (PDF)

  • Audio issues
  • Video issues
  • Disappearing windows

Zoom Zen (Tips for using Zoom)


How to use Zoom's Desktop App