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Zoom at the University of Ottawa

Professors, students and support staff can get an uOttawa Zoom account for free!

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a web conferencing tool. It allows instructors to easily convene online meetings with students, chat with or without video enabled, and deliver presentations while maintaining a good quality connection among all participants.

What can I do on Zoom?

  • Attend live course sessions
  • Engage with your instructor through chat, audio,
  • and video features
  • Participate in Breakout Rooms and polls
  • Host unlimited meetings with up to 300
  • participants
  • Hold 24-hour maximum group meetings
  • Record meetings
  • Screen share and more

What do I need to use Zoom?

  • Computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone with a stable, high-speed internet connection (iOS and Android apps available).
  • Headphones, earbuds, and/or speakers.
  • Microphone (a separate microphone can be better than your device's built-in).
  • Web camera (optional, preferred for face-to-face connection).

Getting Oriented on Zoom Tool Bar

Screen capture of the Zoom toll bar with text (image)

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution–Non-Commercial 4.0 International License Teaching and Learning Services (2020), McGill University.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum requirements to be able to use Zoom?

Processor and RAM requirements

Processor Single-core 1Ghz or higher Dual-core 2Ghz or higher
(Intel i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)
RAM N/A 4 Gb



  • Dual and single-core laptops have a reduced frame rate when screen sharing (around 5 frames per second). For optimum screen-sharing performance on laptops, we recommend a quad-core processor or higher.
  • Linux requires a processor or graphics card that can support OpenGL 2.0 or higher. 

To see the full requirements, please visiting the Zoom website

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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