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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 remotely through a Zoom meeting.
For information on getting started in Zoom+ and Trimodal Rooms, see the following sections:
For best practices for setting up Zoom meetings, see these sections:
For instructions on using Zoom and its features in a Zoom+ or Trimodal Room, see the following:
To ensure that all students will have access to the Zoom link, meetings for Zoom+ and Trimodal Rooms should be scheduled through D2L.
Note: Be sure the setting "Enable join before host" is
All Zoom users have a unique host key. For ease of hosting in a Zoom Room, record the host key along with the Meeting ID. This key should be kept private.
Keep the Zoom desktop client updated to ensure that the latest version is being used.
Zoom+ Rooms and Trimodal Rooms need to have the touch screen monitor and Desktop Content PC turned on if not on already. In Zoom+ Rooms, the projector will also need to be turned on.
Note: The lamp may take up to 20 seconds to warm up.
Tap the monitor that is labeled
Touch Screen to wake up the Zoom computer and view the Zoom menu.
Move the mouse or tap the keyboard to wake up the content PC.
If all students are joining class in-person, instructors can share content using either the Desktop PC or another device.
Note: If the PC goes to sleep, the “Start Sharing” option will not display, in its place will be “Plug HDMI cable into device.” This message is misleading as there is no HDMI cable to be plugged in. The PC just needs to be woken up by moving the mouse or tapping the keyboard.
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: The room as the host will have limited capabilities.
Note: The Content Only option will only become available if the option to share content has already been selected.
Note: If the PC goes to sleep, the “Start Sharing” option will not display, and in its place will be “Plug HDMI cable into device.” This message is misleading as there is no HDMI cable to be plugged in. The PC just needs to be woken up by moving the mouse or tapping the keyboard.
In Trimodal Rooms, there is also a document camera that can be used in class meetings.
Zoom Rooms will have two available options for creating a whiteboard:
Note: If a whiteboard is created in a scheduled meeting, it will automatically be shared with the creator of the meeting via email.
Other features can be accessed by selecting the ellipsis (More) on the meeting toolbar.
By default, both the front and back cameras are on.
Flex courses will be recorded automatically via Panopto and will be scheduled in a Trimodal Room. Recording is scheduled to begin at the start of class and cease at the end of the class period. Recordings will then appear in a Hidden "Lecture Capture" module in D2L. To make the module Visible to students, see the guide for
Modifying Module Visibility.
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.
For accessibility purposes, live transcription and captions can be turned on during a class meeting.
Premade polls can be used within a meeting in a Zoom Room. Polls cannot be deployed if a new meeting has been created and started from the desktop, and they cannot be created from the desktop. Polls can only be deployed if the meeting and poll(s) were created ahead of time. See
Zoom's guide on creating polls for more information on creating premade polls.
The Zoom Room must be host or cohost of the meeting to deploy a poll.
Note: This option will only be available if there are premade polls attached to the meeting. See
Zoom's guide on creating polls for more information.
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.
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.
To assign a participant as owner, allowing for additional sharing options, users can pair a laptop with a whiteboard. This option is only available with Whiteboard New.
Note: This icon may be hidden behind the participant count.