Penn State IT recently announced the University-wide rollout of Zoom, a centrally funded cloud-based web conferencing platform. Zoom provides comparable features to Adobe Connect, meets all accessibility standards, and was chosen to best meet the needs of the University as a result of a successful pilot across seven campuses over eleven months.

There are a variety of training opportunities available to help you get started using Zoom. To register for or view the following resources, visit the training section of the Zoom at Penn State website.

Live Training

The Zoom vendor is offering the following faculty- or staff-focused hourlong training sessions throughout summer and fall:

Faculty-focused:

Tuesday, June 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

Tuesday, August 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

Tuesday, September 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

Staff-focused:

Tuesday, June 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

Tuesday, August 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

Tuesday, September 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

If you can’t attend the available dates, the June sessions will be recorded, closed-captioned, and posted in the training section of the Zoom at Penn State website.

In addition, IT Training Services is offering a regularly scheduled session called “Zoom: An Introduction,” with the first availability on Thursday, July 27, from 9:45 to 11 a.m. via Zoom. This recurring introductory course will be offered twice a month during the fall semester.

Documentation

In addition to live training sessions, training documents are also available on how to download Zoom, as well as quick-start guides on hosting and participating in Zoom meetings or webinars. Training Services has also prepared handouts on meeting basics and best practices for hosting and participating in video conferences.

Regardless of what training opportunities you take advantage of, there are plenty of resources to help you start using and making the most of Zoom. Just visit the training section of the Zoom at Penn State website to get started!

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