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Zoom+ Rooms and Trimodal Rooms are software-based teaching spaces that allow for the integration of audio conferencing, wireless screen sharing, and video conferencing. This allows for students to attend class either in-person or through remotely through a Zoom meeting.
Zoom+ Rooms are equipped with a camera, projector, and microphone to host Zoom meetings and facilitate screen sharing and digital whiteboards.
Trimodal Rooms have the same features as Zoom+ Rooms and use additional cameras, including a document camera, to allow instructors to switch between screens. Trimodal Rooms use TV monitors instead of projectors, one of which is an additional touch screen that can be used during meetings.
Some in-meeting features are not available in Zoom Rooms. For information on features like breakout rooms and chat, see
Using the Zoom Client in a Zoom Room.
To ensure that all students will have access to the Zoom link, meetings for Zoom+ and Trimodal Rooms should be scheduled through D2L.
The Meeting ID is needed to start a meeting in a Zoom+ or Trimodal Room. If a passcode has been set for the meeting, this will be entered as well.
Note: If the whiteboard is displayed, select
Open and change the input to HDMI 1.
Zoom+ and Trimodal Rooms have a number of features that can be employed during class meetings.
The cameras angles in Zoom+ and Trimodal Rooms can be modified using controls on the touch screen monitor.
In Trimodal Rooms, there is also a document camera that can be used in class meetings.
In Trimodal Rooms, instructors can switch between screens during class meetings. In both Zoom+ and Trimodal rooms, instructors may display the virtual gallery in the Zoom meeting when content is not being shared in the Zoom meeting.
Trimodal Rooms are equipped with an additional touch screen monitor on the wall. The wall-mounted monitor allows instructors the same access to tools as the podium monitor.
Both the instructor and participants have the ability to share screens during a class meeting. As the host, an instructor can control which screens are displayed.
For instructions on allowing participants to share screens, see the Zoom tutorial for
Whiteboard from the meeting tool bar to open the whiteboard. See the
Zoom Room Whiteboard instructions from Zoom for information on using the whiteboard. For accessibility purposes, it is recommended to change the background of the whiteboard to black using the moon icon outlined in the instructions. This page also outlines how to save and distribute a whiteboard created in a class meeting.
Instructors can record a meeting that takes place in either a Zoom+ or Trimodal Room. It is recommended to notify students that the meeting will be recorded.
Participants joining the Zoom meeting can use reactions to engage with the class.
Some standard Zoom features are not accessible from the podium monitor in a Zoom Room. To use these features, instructors can download the Zoom client to their laptop and bring it into the Zoom Room. The Zoom client can be downloaded from
To use a laptop in a Zoom Room, note that the audio and microphone on the laptop must be muted.
Note: For large classes or classes in which these tools will be used frequently, instructors can request an Online Learning Assistant (OLA). Instructors can meet with the
instructional designer assigned to their department to decide if an OLA would be beneficial.
In order to use a laptop and the Zoom client in a Zoom Room, the microphone and audio on the laptop must be muted once the meeting has been started.
For accessibility purposes, live transcription and captions can be turned on during a class meeting.
Chat is available in Zoom+ and Trimodal Rooms on the podium monitor. However, if chat is necessary for the class meeting, it is recommended to use a laptop with the Zoom client for ease of viewing notifications and for the ability for the host to respond to participants. See the Zoom page on Using in-meeting Chat for more information.
Breakout rooms can be pre-assigned or created in a meeting. See
Creating Pre-Assigned Breakout Rooms for information on creating groups ahead of time.
Before breakout rooms can be used in a meeting, users must change settings from the Zoom web portal. See the instructions to
Enable Breakout Rooms for information.
Note: If breakout rooms were pre-assigned, use the instructions to
Open Pre-Assigned Breakout Rooms.
By default, the polling feature is automatically enabled for DePaul Zoom Accounts. See the Zoom documentation on
Creating and Launching Polls for steps on using polls in class meetings.