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A Blackboard Resouce - For Instructor: Zoom

Introduction to Blackboard for Instructors

Using Zoom Within Blackboard

Using Zoom and Blackboard

Zoom, a web-based video communications tool, can be embedded within your Blackboard course and used to create synchronous and asynchronous class sessions, remote office hours, and online presentations.  

Before implementing Zoom with Blackboard, you will need to set up your account. Click here and then select SIGN UP, IT'S FREE in the upper right-hand corner. 
And click here to access the complete Zoom User Guide. If you have any questions using the application, email the MMC IT office


How to Create a Synchronous Meeting Using Zoom and Blackboard

To conduct a synchronous meeting, you can share the zoom URL that you created in Zoom with your students by adding it to your course via a Web Link in any content area. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go to a Content Area (e.g. Course Documents)   

  2. Place your cursor over Build Content and select Web Link

    Web Link  Zoom

  3. Enter a name, like "Zoom Meeting" 

  4. Paste the Zoom meeting URL into the URL box.

  5. Add instructions for your students in the Description text box. It was be prudent if you copied the entire Zoom invitation into this text box so as to include the dial-in phone numbers and Meeting ID. 

  6. Click Submit

All you would need to do then is alert your students of the scheduled time of the meeting; you and your students can access the meeting by clicking on the hyperlink you created in Blackboard at the appropriate hour. 


You can setup the Zoom meeting directly within Blackboard. To do that, do the following:

  1. Go to any Content Area (e.g., Course Documents) 
  2. Place your cursor over Tools and select Zoom Meeting - Blackboard

    Zoom Tool Link

  3. Then just name the Zoom meeting, add a description if you wish (like what time the meeting will take place) and click Submit. 


How to Create an Asynchronous Meeting Using Zoom and Blackboard

Alternatively, you can use Zoom to create an asynchronous class lecture-- a recording of your wisdom :) 

All you would need to do in this case is launch Zoom, and then press Record within the Zoom application. Once your lecture is complete, hit Stop and then end the meeting and an mp4 would be created for you. From there, you would upload the mp4 to your Blackboard course.