The University of Macau has purchased a campus license for Zoom, an online videoconferencing service. Zoom is a leading, cloud-based platform for videoconferencing and simple online meetings. This web-based conferencing service uses high-quality video and audio and is accessible on Windows and Mac OS X, as well as iOS and Android mobile phones. Joining a Zoom meeting on your computer or mobile device is as easy as clicking on a URL.
All that is required is a computer equipped with a camera and audio system, which are standard on most laptops. Inexpensive cameras and microphones can be purchased and used with desktop computers. The Zoom system allows the instructor to share their screen or a presentation, use a whiteboard, view and comment on the work of students, use the chat function to communicate individually or with the group, or hold a webinar.
UM staff and students at UM can get a Basic Zoom account capable of holding 40-minute meetings with up to 50 participants. To get a UM Zoom account, visit the ICTO account information page at https://account.icto.umac.mo, read and agree to the terms.
- A basic account allows up to 50 participants to join a video meeting at the same time, share content, send personal messages, record video meetings, and other features. It is a good choice for hosting online office hours, review session or tutorial sessions.
- Faculty can request a temporary T&L license for educational activities with up to 50 participants for meetings of an unlimited duration. Fill out a Zoom T&L License Request Form. After you complete the request form, CTLE will verify your request and contact you.
Enhance Engagement and Learning Using Zoom
Video based web connections can be used to enhance communication and a create motivating class environment. Zoom is a tool that can be used for web-based real-time tutorials, virtual office hours and learning beyond the classroom.
Real-time visual connections via the web can have positive impacts on student learning. Zoom can help faculty create educational connections between students and communities of learners without requiring students to be in the classroom or even on campus.
In addition, Zoom makes it possible to simultaneous connect and interact with classes at other universities to jointly teach a course of course module.
Get started with Zoom
Please refer to the ICTO website and documents for details:
A quick guide to creating a Zoom meeting in Moodle can be found here: https://github.com/ucla/moodle-mod_zoom/wiki/Adding-a-new-Zoom-meeting-Activity and https://docs.ccle.ucla.edu/w/ZOOM