UFV Zoom Getting Started Guide

UFV Zoom is available at no cost to faculty, staff, and students. Zoom is a videoconferencing service that enables real-time collaboration between individuals and groups.

Features include:

  • video and/or audio meetings by computer or phone
  • screen sharing with annotation
  • virtual whiteboard and other collaboration tools
  • integration with Outlook

Who can use it?

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Recommended for:

  • Meetings < 100 participants
  • Virtual activities that encourage interactions among participants
  • Classes involving group discussions, e.g. tutorials

This article provides more information on the topics listed below:


How to Sign in to Zoom?

For information on how to sign into a UFV Zoom account, please visit the following links: 

* Please Note *  Only UFV students taking courses in the current semester are eligible for a Zoom account.


UFV Zoom Account Features

At UFV your Zoom account will have different features unlocked depending on your role. These features are meant to promote the safety and security of all Zoom meetings being held at the University. 

Please see our Zoom - Privacy & Security page for more information. 

Faculty & Staff 


Option for Waiting Room 

Require a password for meetings

Chat, Polling, Screen sharing, Annotation, Whiteboard, Breakout Room

Local recording


Participants join before the host


Allow removed participants to rejoin


Nonverbal feedback


Closed captioning


File transfer, Live-streaming




Technical requirements for Zoom

  • Desktop requirements:
    • Zoom desktop application or via browser (with limited functionality)
  • Operating systems:
    • Windows 7,8, 10, Ubuntu 12.04 or higher, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 or higher, macOS X with macOS 10.7 or later
  • Compatible with the following browsers:
    • 27+, Chrome 30+FirefoxWindows: IE 11+, Edge 12+,
    • 27+, Chrome 30+FirefoxMac: Safari 7+,
    • Linux: Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
  • Mobile requirements:
    • Zoom is available to use on iOS and Android devices. All UFV users need to sign in with UFV Single Sign-On (SSO).
  • Plug-ins:
    • The Outlook Plug-in is available for Zoom and requires the installation of the Zoom desktop application, a UFV Zoom account, and Microsoft Office 2016 or 2019.  At this time all other plug-ins are prohibited to ensure security.


Learning Resources

To learn how to navigate Zoom specifically for UFV employees - Zoom - How-to Guide

Zoom also has an online help center, including video tutorials, to support troubleshooting common questions on using the tool.  


The Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) offers workshops on how to use Zoom as a tool for effective remote instruction. TLC will demonstrate features in Zoom that can be leveraged for teaching and learning, as well as highlight best practices for synchronous instruction. Visit events.ufv.ca/tlc/ to see upcoming workshops or email asktlc@ufv.ca to arrange a private group or one-on-one session.