Zoom Features

This page summarizes the different features available in Zoom meetings and Zoom webinars and provides information about enabling closed captioning. For a detailed guide of how to use Zoom, please refer to the Zoom user guide.

 

Features

 
  Zoom Zoom (Webinar mode)
Group Size
  • Up to 300 participants
  • (or up to 1000 participants if your account has a large meeting add-on)
Roles
  • Host (Can only have one Host per session)
  • Co-host
  • Participant
  • Host (Can only have one Host per session)
  • Co-host
  • Panelist
  • Attendee
Access to create meetings
  • Instructors, TAs, Course Assistants, Course Facilitators in the course with a UBC Zoom account
Breakout Groups/Rooms
  • Maximum 100 breakout rooms. (Note: same limitations apply for accounts with the large meeting add-on)
  • Host can set a timer to notify participants in the breakout rooms on time remaining.
  • Host can broadcast message to all breakout rooms.
  • Participants can click on the "Ask for help" button to get the Host's attention.
  • Both the host and co-hosts can create/manage self-select, manual, and automatic breakout rooms; however, only the host can create pre-assigned breakout rooms.
  • More info on breakout rooms.
  • Breakout rooms are not available in webinar mode.
Polling
  • Polls are created in the Zoom web interface outside of the meeting by the Host in advance or on the fly. The original meeting Host can edit or add additional poll questions during the meeting. If the meeting is scheduled via the Zoom web interface, the original meeting Host can enable the setting for allow alternate hosts to also add or edit polls (only available for Zoom version 5.8.0 or later).
  • Poll results are saved, but not tied to student IDs.
  • Note: Participants who join through the browser cannot participate in polling; they must join using the desktop application or mobile app. The host can only manage polls using the desktop application.
  • More info on polling for meetings.
  • Polls are created in the Zoom web interface outside of the meeting by the Host in advance or on the fly. The original meeting Host can edit or add additional poll questions during the meeting. If the meeting is scheduled via the Zoom web interface, the original meeting Host can enable the setting for allow alternate hosts to also add or edit polls (only available for Zoom version 5.8.0 or later).
  • Poll results are saved, but not tied to student IDs.
  • Note: Participants who join through the browser cannot participate in polling; they must join using the desktop application or mobile app. The host can only manage polls using the desktop application.
  • More info on polling for meetings.
Audio Sharing
  • All participants can mute/unmute their own audio.
  • Host can mute/request to unmute participants. Host can also set all participants to mute upon entry.
  • Attendees join in listen-only mode. Only the Host can unmute attendees.
Video Sharing
  • Everyone can share their video.
  • Only Host and Panelist can share video.
Max videos on screen
  • Up to 25 videos per page using gallery view (more videos can be shown on additional pages, depending on computer capacity).
  • Up to 25 videos per page using gallery view (more videos can be shown on additional pages, depending on computer capacity).
Chat
  • Host can allow attendees to chat with no one, with the host only, everyone publicly or everyone publicly and privately.
  • Chat can be set to save automatically (all public chat messages plus any private messages sent or received by the person saving), or can be saved on the fly.
  • More info on in-meeting chat.
  • The host can allow attendees to chat with no one, with all panelists (including host), or with all panelists and attendees.
  • *Question & Answer option can be used as an alternative.
  • More info on webinar chat.
Interactive tools
  • Whiteboard, share screen, file sharing, raise hand, reaction buttons.
Recordings
  • Sessions can be recorded locally or to the cloud. Local recordings will be downloaded to the Host's computer after the meeting. Cloud recordings can be accessed in Canvas through the Zoom link (including the ability to download), once published.
  • Public chat messages to everyone are recorded. Polls are not recorded.
  • More info on recording.
  • Sessions can be recorded locally or to the cloud. Local recordings will be downloaded to the Host's computer after the meeting. Cloud recordings can be accessed in Canvas through the Zoom link (including the ability to download), once published.
  • Public chat messages to everyone are recorded. Polls are not recorded.
  • More info on recording.
Tracking attendance
  • Attendance reports can be downloaded through the web portal. The report will show who attended, join time, leave time, and the duration they were in the meeting.
  • Students' name (as listed in Canvas) will appear in the report as long as they joined the meeting through Canvas using the desktop application, not through the web browser.
  • More info on meeting reports.
  • Attendance reports can be downloaded through the web portal. The report will show who attended, join time, leave time, and the duration they were in the meeting.
  • Students' name (as listed in Canvas) will appear in the report as long as they joined the meeting through Canvas using the desktop application, not through the web browser.
  • More info on meeting reports.
Accessibility
  • Closed Captioning, Automatic Transcripts, Screen Reader Support, Keyboard Accessibility.
  • More info on accessibility.
  • Closed Captioning, Automatic Transcripts, Screen Reader Support, Keyboard Accessibility.
  • More info on accessibility.

 

Additional Resources

 

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Closed Captioning for Zoom


You can add real-time closed captioning during a Zoom session by using UBC's closed-captioning tool for Zoom. Instructions on how to enable this for your live Zoom sessions can be found here: https://zoom-captions.elearning.ubc.ca/ (Note: you will be required to log in with your CWL).

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Learning technology support

If you have any questions or if you would like to report an issue regarding a learning technology, please don’t hesitate to contact us at LT.support@science.ubc.ca. For in-person support, please join our LTRs at one of our drop-in sessions.