What is Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing platform that is highly recommended by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes National Resource Center and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Zoom allows instructors to present their screens and host interactive discussions. While we will be returning to in-person classes this fall, this exciting new platform will continue to be a great resource for our instructors and members to stay connected in a new way!
At the most basic level, all you need to use Zoom is a telephone, such as a smartphone or landline. However, if you have access to a computer or mobile device you can use the full capabilities of Zoom. The following equipment will enhance your experience but is not necessary:
Web camera: A camera will increase your connection with your instructor and your peers by allowing you to see each other face-to-face. If you do not have access to a web camera, you will still be able to see the instructor.
Headset with a microphone: This will let you hear and be heard more clearly. This does not need to be fancy equipment; it can be the same as the headphones you might use with your phone.
Charger: Charging your device during class will ensure that you do not have an unexpected power outage interrupting your learning.
How to Join A Zoom Discussion Group:
You will receive a Zoom link for your upcoming OLLI at UNLV class(es) in your confirmation email, and in a reminder email prior to class.
Next to or underneath each class title, you will see a link - copy and paste that link into your web browser OR click on the link to enter the digital classroom. Every week the class meets, you’ll use the same link. A link will be emailed one day before your discussion group.
A Zoom account isn't required to attend a class session. Anyone can attend a class session using their laptop or desktop (Windows or Mac), tablet, or smartphone (iPhone or Android).
If you haven’t used Zoom before, leave about 5 minutes to set it up before your first use.
If you are planning on using a laptop or desktop, the first time you click on a link it will download a free and secure program to your computer.
If you are planning on using a tablet or smartphone, you’ll want to download the free and secure Zoom application from your application store. View a 1 minute video about joining Zoom.
Check Your Audio & Video Before You Begin:
Here are the top three challenges of using Zoom, and how you can address them before they happen. Please click the link below to view a video on troubleshooting these challenges.
Is There a Training Session I Can Attend?
Zoom hosts daily training webinars.
Zoom also has many resources on their website.
Looking for some more advanced Zoom instructions? Check out “Zoom Tips and
Tricks” from our sister organization at Arizona State University.
OLLI at UNLV is here to assist you. If you need additional assistance, please fill out the contact form by clicking here.
Need help connecting or troubleshooting?
We will have guided and instructional videos available at olliatunlv.wixsite.com/fall2021/ zoom. The OLLI at UNLV administrative team is available during office hours at 702-774- 6554. Zoom hosts daily live training webinars, offers quick start guides, and provides answers to frequently asked questions via their Help Center: support.zoom.us/hc.