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Adding a Zoom Link to D2L

Zoom can be added to a D2L course in a couple of ways. If added as an External Learning Tool, students can use the link to access course meetings and recordings. After creating a Zoom meeting, a link to access that meeting can also be added to any rich text area in D2L. The most common areas to add a link are in News announcements, the Activity Feed, or the Content Area.

Zoom meetings created through D2L integration will populate in the Course Calendar, but they should still be added to one of the areas here to ensure student accessibility. 

Add Zoom as an External Learning Tool

Zoom can be added as an External Learning Tool to a class. When students select this link, they will see any meetings scheduled in Zoom through D2L as well as any cloud recordings for the course. Instructors can also use this link to schedule new meetings.

Note: To share Zoom recordings from meetings created outside of D2L, navigate to depaul.zoom.us, go to "Recordings," and copy the link for the recording. Then, use the directions for Creating Links in Content to add it as a link to an external website.

  1. From the navbar, select Content.
  2. Navigate to the module to which to add the Zoom link.
  3. Select Existing Activities to reveal a dropdown menu.
  4. Select External Learning Tools.
  5. A popup window will open. From the list of tools, select Zoom.
  6. The window will close, and the Zoom link will appear in the module.

Retrieve a Cloud Recording from Zoom

Once Zoom has been added to a course as an External Learning Tool, students can use it to access previously-recorded Zoom sessions that have been saved to the cloud. (See Recording a Zoom Session for more information on saving to the cloud.)

  1. Select the Zoom link.
  2. The "Upcoming Meetings" page will open. Select the Cloud Recordings tab.
  3. (Optional) To filter by the specific class, select the checkbox to "Show my course recordings only". To filter by date, use the "Select Date" fields.
  4. Select the name of the recording.
  5. Select the play button in the recording box to play.

Add a Meeting Link to a Course

Once a meeting has been created, the link can be added anywhere a rich text area appears in D2L, like News, Activity Feed, and Content.

Add a Link to News

  1. From the course homepage, navigate to the News widget.
  2. Select Create Announcement​.
  3. Enter a “Headline” (title) for the announcement and add any contextualizing information in the body (e.g., Don’t forget the meeting scheduled for tomorrow…)
  4. Select the Insert Quicklink icon [A].
    quicklink chain icon
    • If the Zoom meeting was created from D2L: choose Calendar and select the Zoom calendar item.
    • If the Zoom meeting was created from depaul.zoom.us: choose URL and paste the Join URL.
  5. Select Publish.

Add a Link to Activity Feed

  1. Select Create a p​​ost.
  2. Add any contextualizing infor​​mation for the body of the post (e.g., Don’t forget the meeting scheduled for tomorrow…)
  3. Select the the Attach icon [A].
    attach item in an activity feed
  4. Set up the attachment:
    • If the Zoom meeting was created from D2L: choose Existing Activity then choose Calendar and select the Zoom calendar item.
    • If the Zoom meeting was created from depaul.zoom.us choose Weblink. Paste the join URL in the "URL" box and specify a title for the link (e.g. Tuesday's Virtual Meeting) and Select Insert.
  5. Select Post.

Add a Link to Content

  1. Select Content.
  2. Go to the module to which the link should be added.
  3. Select Upload/Create
  4. Select Create a File.
  5. Enter a Title for the page and add any contextualizing information in the body (e.g., Don’t forget the meeting scheduled for tomorrow…)
  6. Select the Insert Quicklink icon [A].
    quicklink chain icon
  7. Set up quicklink:
    • If the Zoom meeting was created from D2L: choose Calendar and select the Zoom calendar item.
    • If the Zoom meeting was created from depaul.zoom.us: choose URL and paste the Join URL.
  8. Select Save and Close

Add a Link to a Cloud Recording in Content

If Zoom has not been added as an External Learning Tool, a link to an individual cloud recording can be added to the course.

  1. Navigate to depaul.zoom.us
  2. Sign in using DePaul credentials.
  3. Select Recordings on the side menu.
  4. The "Cloud Recordings" tab will open. Locate the recording from the list.
  5. Select the name of the recording.
  6. The page for the selected recording will open. Select Copy shareable link.
  7. The link will be copied to the clipboard of the device. Navigate to the module in D2L in which to add the link.
  8. In the module, select Upload/Create.
  9. From the dropdown menu, select Create a Link.
  10. A popup window will open. Enter a title for the link. This is what will show as the text that users select.
  11. Paste the copied recording link into the "URL" field.
  12. Select the checkbox to "Open as External Resource".
  13. Select Create.