Configuring Your Zoom User Settings

  1. Log into your FSU Zoom account at with your FSU credentials.
  2. On the left of the page select Settings.
  3. Select the settings that you would like to have. We strongly recommend that you use the following Zoom user settings:
    1. Schedule Meeting
      1. Audio type: Telephone and Computer Audio.
      2. Use Personal Meeting ID (PMI) when scheduling a meeting: off
      3. Require a password when scheduling new meetings: off
      4. Require a password for instant meetings: off
      5. Require password for participants joining by phone: off
      6. Mute Participants upon entry: ON.

        This will help to keep your meeting from accidentally being hijacked by your students, or crashing for you and your students because there are too many webcams active in the meeting. You can always allow meeting participants to "unmute" themselves as needed once you have started your Zoom meeting.

    2. In Meeting (Basic)
      1. Allow chat: on
      2. Allow private chat: toggle this on only if you want students to be able to message each other privately during your meetings. We recommend keeping this setting toggle off as a matter of best practice so that the instructor/TA/moderator can see all communications occurring in the meeting.
      3. File transfer: on
      4. Co-host: on
      5. Polling: on
      6. Always show meeting control toolbar: toggle this on if it will be helpful to you when you are hosting a meeting.
      7. Annotation: toggle this setting on only if you wish for your students to add information to the screens you share.
      8. Whiteboard: toggle this setting on if you wish to use a whiteboard at all during your meetings.
      9. Nonverbal feedback: On.

        Nonverbal feedback in Zoom allows your students to: raise/lower their hand, respond "yes/no," ask to go slower/faster, agree/disagree, clap, and more. This tool is most useful for quickly gauging how your students are responding to a particular concept or question (e.g., "can you all hear me?" or "Are there any questions before we go on?"). You will be able to see a number above each feedback icon in the participants list to see how many students gave a particular response and you can reset all responses as needed. Learn more about Nonverbal feedback in Zoom.

    3. In Meeting (Advanced)
      1. Breakout room: toggle on if you want to be able to use breakout rooms, and check the Allow host to assign participants to breakout rooms when scheduling box.
      2. Screen Sharing: on
      3. Attention tracking: this is an optional feature, but may be useful if you want to be able to see when students are actively paying attention to your meeting. Enabling this feature will allow you to see an indicator in the Participant panel when a student does not have Zoom in focus for more than 30 seconds. Learn more about attention tracking.
      4. Show a "Join from your browser" link: on
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