Zoom - Getting Started Zoom - Getting Started

Zoom - Getting Started

Zoom is an online communications video and audio conferencing tool for laptop, desktop, and mobile operating systems. This guide will go over the basics of the Zoom platform for students.

Note: If prompted to register for or sign into a Zoom meeting, use your SPC email. Some SPC Zoom meetings require students to have an SPC email associated with their profile to join.


  • Zoom Link: Your instructor will provide a link to your class-related Zoom meetings. Links may be provided in the Course Content area of MyCourses, by email, or posted to the course calendar in MyCourses.

  • Install Zoom App: When you click to join the meeting, it will attempt to launch the Zoom meeting. It may prompt you to Open the Zoom application. If you don’t have the Zoom desktop application installed, you may need to click the link in the window that says, “Download and run Zoom.” If you have issues installing Zoom using that method, you can visit https://zoom.us/download and install the application from their website.

  • Join Meeting Test: this is an excellent step to do before your first scheduled meeting. Visit Join Meeting Test to verify that your computer, webcam, mic, internet, etc. are all working correctly with Zoom.


Step by Step:

  • NOTE: Depending on how your instructor has configured your Zoom meeting, some options may not be available.

  • Microphone Icon: Mute and unmute your microphone. Click the up arrow next to the mic icon to see additional Microphone and Speaker options and select your audio source. You can test your microphone or speakers in the additional options. 

  • Video Icon: Start and stop your video camera feed if you have a video camera connected to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Click the up arrow next to the video icon to see additional video settings, select virtual backgrounds, and see video filter options. 

  • Participants: Open and close the participant window showing you a list of participants who have joined the meeting.

  • Chat: Open and close the chat window where you can chat with all participants or with specific people.

  • Share Screen: Share your screen (if the host has enabled it) with the participants in the meeting. You will have the option to share your entire desktop screen, a whiteboard, a connected mobile device, a specific window, document, or application that you have open on your desktop.

  • Record: If the host has enabled this function, clicking the button will allow you to record the meeting locally to your computer or the cloud.

  • Leave Meeting: Clicking the button will prompt a message asking if you want to leave the meeting. Click Leave Meeting to exit the meeting.

 Have Questions? Contact the SPC Technical Support Center at onlinehelp@spcollege.edu or call 727-341-HELP (727-341-4357) (Mon.- Sun. 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Eastern). Chat: Live Chat with Support

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