UCF Zoom Guides

UCF offers a campus-wide license for Zoom, a video conferencing platform for online classes, meetings, conferences, remote office hours, webinars, and lectures. If you prefer to continue holding your class synchronously at its scheduled time, but in a remote format, you may do so using Zoom.

All UCF faculty, GTAs, staff, and students with an active NID have access to Zoom. Faculty can use the Zoom tool in their Webcourses@UCF courses. Zoom can be used on your desktop (Mac and Windows) and mobile devices (Android and iOS).

Enroll in Zoom Essentials Training

We encourage Faculty to enroll in the online self-paced Zoom Essentials course which describes the basic and advanced functions of Zoom and how it can be used within Webcourses@UCF. The time commitment for completing Zoom Essentials is estimated to be between 2-4 hours.

Updates to Zoom Default Settings for Accessibility

Effective May 10, 2021, UCF IT has adjusted two default settings in the UCF Zoom account: Audio Transcript has been turned on for all cloud recorded meetings and live-transcription has been enabled as an option during Meetings. Live and automatically generated transcripts are not an ideal substitute to human-generated captions but do provide a level of access. Visit the Accessibility in Zoom guides at the bottom of this page for additional information.

A Note When Hosting Synchronous Zoom Meetings

Please keep in mind with the increase in remote instruction and telecommuting, connectivity for live meetings may prove to be difficult for some students. With Zoom, you can always record and publish a Zoom meeting for asynchronous viewing to your course in Webcourses@UCF.

Zoom Guides for Students

Zoom Guides for Instructors

Getting Started

Do More with Zoom

Zoom Security

Accessibility in Zoom

  • Transcribe Cloud Recordings Automatically – Use the Audio transcript option (under Cloud Recording) to automatically transcribe the audio of a meeting or webinar that you record to the cloud.  
  • Add Closed Captioning – Closed captioning is a manual process in Zoom. This means that someone (either a host, co-host, panelist, or a third-party vendor) will need to type the closed captions during the meeting or webinar.  
  • Use Hot Keys and Keyboard Shortcuts for Zoom – There are keyboard shortcuts that you can use on the Zoom Desktop Client for Windows and Mac that allow you to navigate the Zoom settings without using your mouse.  
  • Enable Live Transcript in Zoom – Provide automatic captions during Zoom meetings.

Zoom Support

Webcourses@UCF Support provides support to our students, faculty, and staff for any technical assistance, concerns, or questions related to Zoom.

Additionally, the FMC offers in-person and virtual appointments for faculty and staff looking for one-on-one assistance with multimedia tools including: Zoom, Panopto, OBS, Camtasia, YouTube, Audacity, Adobe Creative Suite, and more. Use the booking form or email FMC@ucf.edu to schedule an appointment.

Panopto Vs Zoom – Which One Is Best for Me?

If you are looking to foster student-to-instructor conversations and/or student-to-student conversations, then you should explore the use of Zoom over Panopto. If you wish to deliver a traditional video lecture online (i.e., instructor-to-students), then you may want to consider using Panopto over Zoom. Review the following guide from CDL to determine which application is best for your needs: Feature Comparisons Between Panopto and Zoom