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Using Zoom in the Virtual Campus (Brightspace)

Before being able to use Zoom in the Virtual Campus (Brightspace) Professors and TAs need to create their account by following the steps below:

Connecting to your Zoom account

The University of Ottawa provides a Zoom account to all its employees (professors and support staff). You must use the University of Ottawa's Single Sign On (SSO) system to log on to the web, with the Zoom client, or on the mobile application. 


Connection on the web portal

1. Navigate to https://uottawa-ca.zoom.us  

2. You will be redirected to the University of Ottawa single sign-on to sign in. The login form uses the University of Ottawa's multi-factor authentication system (MFA). After signing in, you will be redirected back to the Zoom web portal.

If you have problems creating your account, please read this document...


Connection on the Desktop Client

1. Open the Zoom Desktop Client (if not already installed you can download it here)

2. Click Sign In with SSO.

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3. Enter the domain uottawa-ca or tap I don't know the company domain, then enter your email address.

4. Click Continue. You will be redirected to the University of Ottawa single sign-on to sign in. After signing in, you will be redirected back to the Zoom Desktop Client.


Viste the Zoom Download Center to download the desktop Client or the Mobile App


Tip #1: 
Using a uOttawa Zoom account gives you access to more features than a free Zoom account, like running longer sessions.

Tip #2: 
If you have an existing Zoom account, you will be prompted to approve moving it into uOttawa’s account. Contact us if you have any concerns about doing so.

How to schedule a live session in brightspace?


We recommend that you use the Zoom integration within each of your Brightspace courses to schedule your class meeting. This will ensure that the students associated with a specific course will have access to their particular meeting easily.  

To schedule a session, complete the following steps:

1. Access the Virtual Campus (Brightspace) course that you would like to schedule a meeting for. 

2. In the default Navbar, click on "Zoom".

Warning! If you had replaced the default Navbar, you will need to add the "Zoom" link in your custom one. Here how to modify your custom navigation bar and add zoom:

  1. Click Course Admin in your Navbar.
  2. Select Navigation and Themes.
  3. Click the title of your custom Navbar.
    • To add links to your navbar, click Add Links. Use the search box to find the link you want to add (e.g. Zoom), check the box next to it, and click the Add button.
    • To rearrange the order of your new Navbar, hover over the button you want to move, left mouse click it, then drag and drop it into its new location.
    • To delete unwanted items from the Navbar, hover over the button and click the X.
  4. Click the Save and Close button.

3. When the Zoom page opens up, click on the blue “Schedule a New Meeting” button.


4. Set your meeting details in the “Schedule a Meeting” page. Use the following as a guide.

Topic:your course name will appear here by default. Tip: We recommend having the course code and a few words that describe the intent of the meeting in the title to help attendees quickly identify which course the meeting is for at what it is for.

Descriptionprovide a brief description of the intent of the meeting to help inform attendees (e.g. Office hours, Exam review, etc.). 

When, Duration, Time Zone: Set the date, time, duration and time zone for the meeting. Check the “Recurring meeting” box if this will be a meeting that recurs. You will then be asked to indicate when the meeting will recur. 

Securitya passcode will be enabled by default. The passcode helps ensure that only those you wish to attend have access to the meeting. 
Important: the passcode will be embedded in the session link provided through Brightspace, and therefore does not need to be shared with students if they join via Resources > Zoom. 

Enable waiting room: the waiting room is enabled by default and places students in a waiting room until you as the host invite them in one at a time or all at once.  This is a useful setting when scheduling virtual office hours to ensure that only those you want to enter the space can.

Video: Indicate whether you and your participants will start with their webcams on or off. The recommended setting is off.

Audio: the default and recommended setting is “Computer Audio”. 

Meeting options:

Enable join before host: enabling this allows participants to access the meeting before you do. Disabling this will keep participants out of the meeting until you join.

Mute participants upon entry: enabling this will keep participants on mute when they enter. Disabling this will un-mute all participants upon entry. Important: Participants can mute and unmute themselves once they enter a meeting. 

Record the meeting automatically: The recording of the meeting will start as soon as you begin the meeting. By disabling this option, you can control when and if you choose to record the meeting. Important: We strongly recommend recording your Zoom class sessions for students who are in different time zones.

Alternative Hosts: You can add other people (e.g. your teaching assistance) as a host for your Zoom session if you want them to have host capabilities.

Warning! TAs Zoom accounts must be activated by connecting to https://uottawa-ca.zoom.us. If TAs do not activate their accounts before you trying to add an alternative host, you will get this error message:  "User Not Authorized." If that happen, ask your TAs to activate their account.

5. Once youhave finishedadjusting the settings for the meeting, click “Save”.


6. You will be directed to a new page with the meeting settings. Your students will be able to find the link to the meeting in the course. Also, if you want to share the invitation by email, click on "Copy the invitation" to the right of the web address, then paste it into an email.


Have questions?

Email the TLSS at saea-tlss@uottawa.ca.


More information on using Zoom

Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS)

Vanier Hall - Room 1001
136 Jean-Jacques Lussier
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 6N5
Email: saea-tlss@uOttawa.ca 

Office hours
Monday to Friday
8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(June 1st to August 31st closed at 3:00 p.m.)
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