Zoom's functions

Functions relevant to teaching are:

  • Screen sharing: Lecturers and students can share their screen with all participants, e.g. to view a PowerPoint presentation together while one person is speaking, or to show where to find information/materials in Moodle.
  • Use breakout rooms: The Breakout Rooms feature can be used to set up breakout rooms for working in smaller groups during session time. Instructions from the AVM can be found here.
  • Use the whiteboard: Use Zoom's whiteboard feature to take notes with participants. This can also be done by hand when connected to a tablet, as a sort of whiteboard replacement.
  • Use the meeting room without a host: If you want participants to be able to use the meeting room before you join as the teacher, or if you are unable to attend the meeting at all, enable the "Enable participation before host" button in the Advanced Options section of the Settings screen when scheduling the meeting.
  • Virtual backgrounds: Instead of your personal wallpaper or holiday photos, you can choose a neutral background against which your own face can be seen. You can access released Leuphana images that can also be used as virtual backgrounds in Leuphana's central image catalogue (VPN required).
  • Create polls: You can use the polling feature to create single or multiple choice questions for your meetings. You can start the poll during your meeting and collect the answers from your participants.

You can also find comprehensive support information in the ZOOM Help Centre.

Possible Uses of Zoom

Zoom meetings are useful for:

  • Location-independent seminar organisation: This allows you to interact with students in a virtual space.
  • Invite guest speakers and experts: Teachers can invite guest lecturers and experts from around the world to their courses without the need for them to be physically present. Encourage group work and collaboration: Students can break out into breakout rooms and work together on assignments.
  • Office hours and one-to-one tutoring and feedback: Teachers can use Zoom to hold one-to-one consultations and feedback sessions with students, increasing flexibility and accessibility.
  • Exams and presentations: Zoom allows exams and oral presentations to be held online, with teachers able to monitor students.

Use features such as whiteboard brainstorming or real-time feedback via polling.

Further Information

Recordings of video conferences, webinars, etc.

For privacy and copyright reasons, you are not allowed to record seminar sessions. However, you can record yourself during a lecture or PowerPoint presentation. With myVideo you can record your screen. The instructions on our myVideo website tell you how to do this on different operating systems.

Keep Zoom up to date

Instructions on how to update Zoom depending on the operating system you are using can be found on this website on the Intranet (VPN required).

Data protection configurations in Zoom

To ensure that your personal information is protected, we have designed ZOOM to minimise the amount of information that is transferred and stored. All default settings have been chosen to give users the best possible control over the disclosure of data.