Zoom is a cloud-based conferencing solution that provides both video conferencing and screen share capabilities. USF faculty, staff and students have access to Zoom’s great video conferencing features.  


  • Real-time online conferencing to support meetings, teaching, and learning.
  • Present synchronous (live) or asynchronous (pre-recorded) lectures.   
  • Virtual office hours, online tutoring, and advising of students.
  • Meet with up to 50 students online at the same time.
  • Assign students to collaborate in groups online.
  • Share presentations and demonstrations to a remote audience.
  • Introduce guest speakers from remote locations.


  • Real-time online conferencing to support student meetings
  • Screenshare, annotate, and record meetings.
  • Collaborate using any device  
  • Share presentations to a remote audience.

Getting Started

Download a copy of the software

Zoom runs on Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices. After downloading and installing the Zoom application, launch it from either your Mac/PC desktop or laptop. The program icon then appears in your Dock or Taskbar.
Select Sign in with SSO and enter usfca in the field Enter your  company domain.  Check the box Open in default browser and click Continue.  Then, login your USF username and password in the single sign on page that follows. Finally, click the button Open zoom.us in the dialog window that comes up to launch Zoom and complete signing in to the software.

How do I use Zoom?

Setup_and_Use_Zoom (pdf)

How to Create Attendance Report in Zoom

Zoom Best Practices and Etiquette

Video Communications Best Practices Guide

Online Office Hours through Zoom

Video Conference Etiquette

Zoom for Live Events and the Classroom

Securing Zoom Meetings

Best Practices for Securing Zoom Meetings

USF Knowledge Base Article: Best Practices for Securing Zoom Meetings

USF Knowledge Base Article: COVID-19 Security Awareness


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