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New and Updated Features

Zoom continues to release updates and enhancements, with the latest client version (5.14.8) released on May 29. Recent updates include: Cloud recording support for sign language interpretation Hosts can now configure their Cloud Recording settings to capture sign language interpretation as an additional video file. This requires designating one or more attendees as ASL interpreters […]

VCU “filter” added to Zoom library

For a while now, you’ve been able to choose from a collection of VCU-themed backgrounds that place you (albeit virtually) in familiar locations around our campuses. Now you have another way to brand your camera image when conducting university business online, using Zoom “filters.” To find the VCU filter, click on the caret to the […]

New “Q&A” Feature for Meetings

Formerly available only in Zoom Webinar, the “Q&A” feature is now supported in standard Meetings on VCU Zoom. With Q&A, meeting participants can type in questions to be answered by the host or co-host either verbally or via text-based response. Q&A differs from “Chat” in that only the Host and Co-Host can see the questions […]

Using Whiteboard Templates

Zoom Whiteboards provide a powerful collaboration tool you can leverage either during or outside of meetings, but initiating a new board from scratch can be intimidating. After all, a whiteboard is so…white. Staring at that blank, empty space, it can be hard to know where to begin. The recently released “Whiteboard Templates” feature offers a […]

Creating Breakout Rooms from Polls

With Zoom version 5.13.5 and up, you can automatically assign your meeting participants to Breakout Rooms based on their responses to a poll question. Whether you build your polls ahead of time or with the meeting in progress, just check the box for “Create Breakout Rooms.” Then in the course of your meeting, after your […]

Using Meeting Templates

Videoconferencing has become a part of our daily lives, but not all meetings are alike. In the course of a day, you may use Zoom to collaborate with a small team of colleagues, teach a class with dozens of students, hold an information session open to many guests outside the university, and so on. Each […]

Upgraded Zoom Features for the New Year

Several popular Zoom features sport a new look and enhanced capabilities as we enter the new year, with client version 5.13.3 introducing updates to avatars, live transcription and in-meeting polls. Speaker Attribution for Live Automated Captions When viewing automated captions in a live meeting, the speaker‚Äôs profile picture will now appear next to the caption […]

Update Your Chrome Scheduler Extension

As related in the previous post, Zoom has published an update to their Chrome Scheduler Extension for use with Google Calendar. This was originally scheduled for November but seems to have occurred on Dec. 14. There were some initial difficulties with the application, preventing users from accessing the “Make It A Zoom Meeting” option when […]

A Note To Users of Zoom’s Chrome Extension

Google is moving to Manifest Version 3 as the official platform for all Chrome browser extensions and will be ending support for the previous standard, Manifest Version 2.  This will impact numerous Chrome-based applications, including Zoom’s Scheduler Extension for Chrome, which you may be using to schedule Zoom meetings via Google Calendar.  On November 26, […]

Zoom Ending Support for versions older than 5.8.6

Under Zoom’s Quarterly Lifecycle Policy for software, support for client versions older than 5.8.6 will end on November 5, 2022. Starting on that date, if you’re running a Zoom version older than 5.8.6, you’ll be prompted to update before you can join meetings. If you’re unable to immediately update, you’ll be provided the option to […]

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