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Please note that the information provided in this document relates to all courses run through Arts and Science Online.  For an on-campus course that is being run remotely, Instructors should refer to ITServices for more information regarding support for Zoom meetings.

As of January 1st 2021, Zoom licenses are available to all Queen's employees.

Although it is possible to host your own meeting in Zoom, it is highly recommended that any course-related meetings be booked through Arts and Science Online. This will ensure that support is available if needed, that no restrictions are placed on the length of your meeting and your meeting is recorded to a central location. 

Getting Started with Zoom
 What is Zoom?

 Zoom is a conferencing tool adopted by ASO starting in the Summer 2018 semester. Zoom offers:

  • An intuitive simple interface
  • Platform and browser-independent; meetings can be joined via computers and mobile devices on wired and wireless connections
  • Automatic cloud recording with transcript generation
  • Features such as breakout rooms and polls

To learn more about Zoom for education, visit Zoom's website.

 Activating Your Zoom Account
  • To activate your Zoom account, begin by visiting:  
  • When you reach the webpage, log in using your and password (remember to use your Queen’s NetID and not a preferred email address if you have one).  
  • You should now be able to access your personal Zoom account.    
 ASO Zoom Training

ASO offers training on hosting and supporting your Zoom meetings.  If you or your teaching team would like some help facilitating meetings with Zoom, please book a training session with our ASO Zoom Team and we'd be happy to answer any of your questions and walk you through using some of the more advanced features of Zoom.

Did you know...

  • To further engage your students, you can include polls in your sessions. Including polls can increase student participation and allow for formative assessment of knowledge. See this How to Use Zoom Polling video for more info.  
  • You can create breakout rooms in your meeting. This can allow students to meet in smaller groups for more focused discussions. See this How to Use Breakout Rooms in Zoom video for a tutorial on breakout rooms. 
  • If you are interested in learning more about, or including these advanced features in your Zoom meetings, please book a training session with our ASO Zoom Team. 

Additional Zoom Resources

If you would like to know more about using Zoom, please see Zoom's Getting Started Resource. Additional training from Zoom can also be booked on their Zoom Live Training page.

Instructor and TA Guidelines

Please review the best practices listed below in advance of your Zoom session(s) to help foster a positive and successful user experience for both the teaching team and your students. Following the procedures listed here will help ensure no further action is required prior to your meeting. If you find that you need further support, or require any changes to the scheduled meetingplease email with your request as soon as possible. 

 Scheduling a Zoom Meeting

Scheduling a Zoom Meeting:

  • To book your meeting, please visit our Zoom Meeting Booking Site and fill out the form to create a booking.
  • If you plan to have a member of your teaching team host a session, they will need to be added as an Alternative Host. Please indicate this in the Zoom Meeting Request Form. If you have already submitted the form, please contact to let us know that additional Alternative Hosts need to be added and include their Zoom account email address in the message. 
  • You will receive an email confirmation with a calendar invite once you've submitted your booking.  You can forward this calendar invite to other members of the teaching team as required.
  • The ASO Zoom Team will modify your booking with your session link and will post this link to your Zoom/Live Sessions page in your course in onQ.
  • The ASO Zoom Team will confirm any tech support requests and allocate support personnel for your session if required.
  • If you have any special requests, please add them in your booking request or email the ASO Zoom Team at 
 Accessing your Zoom Meeting

Accessing your Zoom Meeting:

  • Prior to your meeting taking place, please visit to make sure you have activated your Zoom account.  
  • To open your meeting, sign into your zoom account first at
  • The link can be found in your calendar invite or in the Zoom section of your course in onQ.
  • When you click on the Zoom meeting link, you will be prompted to open the meeting where you will be redirected to a webpage. If you have the Zoom desktop application it will automatically open, and you can begin your meeting. 
ASO Optional Tech Support

ASO Tech Support

  • If your Zoom session uses advanced features such as polling or breakout rooms, or if you are simply not comfortable using the software, tech support can be provided (optional).
  • If you would like to request tech support for your Zoom meeting, please indicate this when booking your meeting.
  • If prearranged, ASO tech support will open your Zoom meeting and be available for the entire duration of your session. 

 Support Guidelines & Definitions

Support Guidelines 

Due to the recent purchase of a sitewide license, and the impact that COVID-19 has had on our team/work capacity, support with Zoom meetings will generally be provided as follows: 


Type of Meeting 

Level of ASO Support 

Who Opens the Meeting? 

Who Provides Support during the Meeting? 


Office Hours/ Drop-in Sessions/ QA Sessions 

Email during ASO Office Hours (8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday)

Meeting Host 

 Meeting Host 

The Meeting Host is responsible for logging in and running their own session (e.g. office hours, individual meetings etc). 

Sessions –  

no activities 

Email during ASO Office Hours (8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday) 

Meeting Host 

 Meeting Host 

Meetings that involve only common functionalities used in Zoom (e.g. simple screen sharing, chat functionality).  These are commonly lectures, seminars, learning labs, TA tutorials, etc. 

Sessions – with interactivity 

Email and in-person 

Meeting Host 

ASO Zoom Support joins the meeting 

This includes sessions requiring screen sharing (sound/video), polling activities, breakout rooms etc.  If these are ongoing (e.g. weekly) sessions, in-person support will be provided for the first 3 sessions. The ASO Zoom Team will then follow-up to see if continuing in-person support is required. A plan going forward will then be mutually agreed (e.g additional in-person or email support).    

High Stakes meetings 

Email and in-person 

Meeting Host 

ASO Zoom Support joins the meeting 

Meetings/sessions that have grades associated (e.g., participation, or part of an activity/assignment).  


Please note the following 'Support’ definitions: 

  • In-Person Support:  An ASO Zoom team member joins the Zoom meeting and troubleshoots/assists live. Expected turnaround for a response during a meeting is usually immediate (or approx 2 minutes). In-person support can be requested for office hours or basic tutorials, however, in order to ensure we are allocating resources in an efficient manner, this may not always be possible. 
  • Email Support:  Questions/issues are sent to Please note this email is monitored Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm as well as when tech support is scheduled for sessions.
  • Meeting Host:  This is the user with a Zoom Pro account. In general, this would be the course instructor or TA. 
  • ASO Zoom Support:  A member of our ASO team that will provide technical support for your meeting. Please note that ASO Zoom is only able to provide support for meetings that have been booked directly through the ASO Zoom account.  
  • JIT Meeting Requests:  Where possible, we will do our best to fulfil any additional meetings requested once the term has begun.  However, for requests that we find we are unable to support (usually for those that are received less than 2 working days before the scheduled meeting time), the following guidance is provided for meetings that we are unable to support: 
  • Meeting Setup:  We would ask that the Instructor or TA schedule the meeting themselves and send the meeting details to students via a course announcement.  
  • Meeting Host: If the meeting is hosted via an individual account, it will be the responsibility of the meeting host to manage the meeting and post the meeting recording (as ASO will not have access to the recordings).  
  • In-Person SupportMeeting Hosts should be aware that it may not always be possible to provide ASO Zoom in-person tech support for last minute requests. 

Please Be Advised

Even for meetings that are not supported by the ASO Zoom Team, we are always here to help!  ASO's office hours are 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, and a member of the ASO Zoom Team monitors emails to during these hours.  Please contact ASO Zoom Support directly at if you have any questions we can help address. 

For additional information on Zoom, please visit 

Zoom Recordings & Settings

All Zoom meetings are set to record to the Queen’s Streaming Server by default.  If you would prefer that the meeting not be recorded, please indicate this when booking your Zoom meeting.  

 Before Recording

Before Recording:

  • Please ensure you are familiar with the platform being used, including how to enable security and privacy safeguards. See the FAQs on Recordings Online Classes and Meetings for details on privacy settings.
  • Please double check that the settings prevent recording on the platform by anyone other than yourself (unless allowing individuals to record a local copy is desired).
  • Please notify participants BEFORE beginning to record followed by a statement about recording the session after the recording has begun to document the announcement.
  • Only consenting participants (e.g., students, guest speakers, TAs) who have elected to take part in the class, tutorial, or meeting should be captured in the recording.
  • Please also be sure no personal, private, or copyrighted (e.g., pictures, artwork, etc.) artifacts are visible and subject to inadvertent recording. 
 Posting Recordings to onQ

Posting Recordings to onQ:

  • If you have specified you'd like your recordings posted when booking your Zoom meeting, ASO's Zoom Team will post the link to your recording to your Zoom Sessions page in onQ.
  • Recordings will be posted within 24 hours of the meeting date. If your meeting falls on a Friday or weekend it will posted on the following Monday.
  • If for any reason you do not want a recording posted to onQ, please email 
  • Should your recording require editing before posting, please notify us at as soon as possible.  Editing of recordings may require longer turnaround time to post video links to onQ.
 Zoom Settings

If you previously had a Zoom account some settings might have changed with the migration to the Queen's University Organization. The steps below outline the recommended setting changes for ASO meetings. 

Any meetings booked through Arts and Science Online will have the appropriate settings enabled. These setting recommendations apply for meetings that are booked through an individual Zoom account.

In Meeting Settings

All settings can be accessed by logging in to your Zoom account's settings page

  • Private Chat - If ASO support will be assisting with your meeting this setting should be enabled as this will allow them to troubleshoot any issues without disrupting the main chat window

Recording Settings

Recording settings can be accessed from the tab at the top of the settings page

  • Record active speaker with shared screen - this should be enabled by default. If the recording will be edited and shared, additional views can be checked off
  • Check off Audio Transcript - this will produce automated captions when the meeting is done.
  • Enable Automatic Recording to the Cloud - this will ensure recording starts when you open up the meeting

Please note that meeting recordings are automatically deleted after 90 days. For this reason it's recommended that any recordings shared in your class be downloaded, uploaded and uploaded to the Queen's Streaming Service.

Zoom Polling Instructions

Using Polls in Zoom

The polling feature in Zoom allows you to create single choice or multiple-choice polling questions for your meetings. You will be able to launch the poll during your meeting and gather the responses from your attendees. You also can access a report of your polling results after the meeting. Polls can also be conducted anonymously.

If you have poll questions for you upcoming meeting you can include them on your meeting request form, or after the fact you can email your poll questions to and the questions will be pre-loaded into your meeting and ready for you when you launch your meeting.

If you plan to schedule your own meeting using your personal zoom account, then follow these steps to set-up your polls.

Create a poll

  1. Visit and schedule a meeting, or select an upcoming meeting from your list.
  2. From your meeting page, scroll to the bottom to find the Poll option. Click “Add” to begin creating a poll.
  3. From the pop-up menu, enter the title and your first question. You have two additional options:

a. Enable anonymous responses: checking the “Anonymous?” box to make the poll anonymous will keep the student’s polling responses anonymous in the meeting and the reports.

b. Single or Multiple Choice: select whether you want the question to be single choice (students can only choose one answer) or multiple choice(students can choose multiple answers).

  1. Type in the answers to your question and click the Save button at the bottom of the poll creation pop-up menu.
  2. If you need to add another question, repeat step 2 above.

NOTE: You can only create a max of 25 polls for a single meeting.

Launch poll

  1. Start the scheduled Zoom meeting.
  2. Select the “Polling” option from the menu bar.
  3. Select the poll that you would like to launch.
  4. Click the “Launch Poll” button.
  5. The participants in the meeting will now be prompted to answer the polling questions. You will be able to see the results live.
  6. Once you would like to stop the poll, click End Poll.
  7. If you would like to share the results to the participants in the meeting, click Share Results.

Accessing poll Results

Please reach out to to request polling results.

If the meeting was set-up using your personal Zoom account please follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. Select Reports. If you are an account owner, admin, or a role with the Usage Report permission, you will need to select Account Management, then Reports.
  3. In the Usage Reports tab, click Meeting. A list of upcoming and previous meetings will be generated. You can search by time range or by meeting ID.
  4. Next to Report Type, select Registration Report or Poll Report.
  5. In the drop-down menu below Report Type, select one of these options: Search by time range: Select a time range then click Search. OR Search by meeting ID: Enter the meeting ID and click Search.
  6. Click Generate in the last column. You can also use the check boxes to select multiple meeting then click Generate at the top.
Creating Breakout Rooms in Zoom


Breakout rooms allow you to split your Zoom meeting in up to 50 separate sessions. The meeting host or co-host can choose to split the participants of the meeting into these separate sessions automatically or manually. The host or co-host can switch between sessions at any time. 

Creating breakout Rooms

  1. Start an instant or scheduled meeting.
  2. Click Breakout Rooms from the bottom menu.
  3. Select the number of rooms you would like to create, and how you would like to assign your participants to those rooms:
    • Automatically: Let Zoom split your participants up evenly into each of the rooms.
    • Manually: Choose which participants you would like in each room.
    • Let participants choose room: on their own. 
  4. Click Create Breakout Rooms.
  5. Your rooms will be created, but will not start automatically. You can manage the rooms prior to starting them by following the instructions below.

Options For Breakout Rooms

  1. After creating the breakout rooms, click Options (on Windows) or the gear icon (on macOS) to view additional breakout rooms options.
  2. Check any options that you would like to use for your breakout rooms.
    • Allow participants to choose room: Participants can select and enter rooms on their own once rooms are launched. 
    • Allow participants to return to the main session at any time: If this option is checked, the participants can move back to the main session from their meeting controls. If this is disabled, they need to wait for the host or co-host to end the breakout rooms.
    • Automatically move all assigned participants into breakout rooms: Checking this option will move all participants into the breakout rooms automatically. If this option is unchecked, the participants will need to click Join to be added to the breakout room.
    • Auto close breakout rooms after () minutes: If this option is checked, the breakout rooms will automatically end after the configured time.
      1. Notify me when the time is up: If this option is checked, the host and co-hosts will be notified when the breakout room time is up.
    • Set Countdown timer: If this option is checked, the participants will be given a countdown of how much time they have left before being returned to the main room.
  3. Follow the steps below to assign participants to rooms or click Open All Rooms to start the breakout rooms.

Assigning Participants to Rooms

After manually or automatically assigning participants to rooms, you can rearrange the participants. Participants who are not assigned to breakout sessions will remain in the main meeting when the rooms are started. Hover over the participant or room for these options:

  • Move to (participant): Select a room to move the participant to.
  • Exchange (participant): Select a participant in another room to swap the selected participant with.
  • Delete Room: Delete the selected room.
  • Recreate all Rooms: Deletes existing breakout rooms and allows the host/co-host to create new ones. 
  • Add a Room: Add another breakout room.
  • Open All Rooms: Start the rooms. All assigned participants will be moved to their respective rooms after confirming the prompt to join the breakout room. If allowing participants to choose their own room, they can open the list of rooms and choose which to join. The host, or co-host that launched the breakouts and the original host, will be left in the main meeting until manually joining one of the rooms. The participants (and the host/co-host when manually joining a room) will see the following message shown when joining the breakout room.
Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find the link for my session?

Your session links can be accessed from the Activities tab in onQ.

Where does my Zoom recording go?

Recordings are automatically backed up to our ASO streaming server.

How do I set up a poll?

The host can set up a poll by selecting the poll option on the bottom menu while in a meeting.

How to log in to open a session?

Please log into zoom using you NetID associated email address.

When will my recording be posted to onQ?

You recording will be posted to onQ within 24 hours. If your session takes place on a Friday or during the weekend, it will be posted the following work day.

Will there be tech support in my sessions?

Tech support is optional. Please indicate if you require support on the meeting booking form.

Do you offer training?

Yes we do. You can request training on the booking request form

How do I request a meeting?

To request meetings for booking please use the booking request form.

Click here to access the Meeting Booking Form.

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