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Canvas - How do I enable and use Zoom?

Zoom is an approved integration in Canvas, making it easier for instructors and students to access course content and online sessions all in one place.

If you enable Zoom in your course, you will want to disable Collaborate Ultra. (This is recommended so students will know where you expect them to join meetings; there may be cases you want both enabled). Even if you do not enable Zoom in Canvas, you can always add session links to your modules or link within a page, discussion, assignment, etc. 

Creating meetings in Canvas

After you have enabled Zoom in your course navigation:

  1. If it's the first time logging into Zoom you will need to activate your account; you will get an email to activate. Then refresh your page in Canvas. 

  2. Start scheduling meetings in your course. 
    1. In the left-hand navigation, click Zoom
    2. Click Schedule a New Meeting  in the top right.
    3. Recommended: update the Topic to reflect the course and meeting days/times. 
    4. Enter the Date and time the first meeting will begin. 
    5. Select the meeting duration, the minute increments are 15, 30, and 45. Round up if needed. 
    6. To schedule a recurring meeting, click the Recurring Meeting checkbox.
      • You can set how often the meeting recurs, daily, weekly, monthly, or no fixed time. Weekly allows you to pick multiple days of the week if you will be meeting MWF or TTH. 
      • The end date is based on a date or after a number of occurrences.
      • You will be able to edit individual meetings. 
      • You can delete individual meetings or all occurrences. 
    7. Complete the rest of the meeting set-up. 
      • Even if the passcode is checked, students will be able to join the meeting from Canvas without having to enter that. 
      • The waiting room requires the host to admit students as they enter the meeting. 
      • Requiring authentication is not necessary for students to be able to participate in a meeting.* 
      • Allow audio for both telephone and computer in case students have issues with their computer audio. 
      • Alternative hosts will need to be added if another instructor will be running a meeting in your absence. 
    8. Save. 

  3. You can also create meetings directly in Zoom and import into the course with the Meeting ID (Example: 598-378-174). When you are in Zoom for your course, locate the three vertical dots in the top right corner (next to Schedule a New Meeting) to import. 

*If you want to pre-assign breakout rooms, you have to create the groups in either the Zoom browser ( or the Zoom desktop client. These groups are created by adding students emails so when you are creating the meeting you will need to check the box Require authentication to join. Students will then sign into the Zoom meeting by using their UWL emails.

Joining/starting a meeting

Once you have created meetings, you can start the meeting from the Zoom link in the Canvas course or through the Zoom webpage. Go to and sign in to see a list of scheduled meetings. 

In meetings:



You can either set-up your meetings to automatically record, or you can use the record button while you are in the session. Zoom notes the cloud recordings generally take about two times the meeting duration to process. Due to COVID, the processing times could take up to 24-72 hours. 

For additional information about recordings, check out this Zoom- Recording KB.

Attendance (Meeting Report) & Poll Report

After a session has ended, the meeting moves from the Upcoming Meetings tab to the Previous Meetings tab. 


On the Previous Meetings tab you will see the session information along with a Report link. Once you click on the Report there will be two tabs; Meeting Report and Poll Report.

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Keywords:activate, video conferencing, synchronous, recordings, meetings, polling,   Doc ID:105344
Owner:Stephanie S.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2020-08-27 09:37 CSTUpdated:2021-02-04 15:10 CST
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