Zoom Meetings is approachable and generally usable out of the box. However, there are some additional settings and integrations we encourage you to leverage to enhance your experience. This page is designed to complement the Zoom Help Center, a robust knowledge base with training materials and articles to help you get started with Zoom.

First Steps

Sign in with your BU Login

When signing in to Zoom using the desktop or mobile applications, you'll need to follow a few additional steps to authenticate with your BU Login. By default, the application will prompt you for an email address and password.


You can take advantage of the personalization settings on your BU Zoom account to add a profile image, update your display name to include your preferred pronouns, and even change your default reaction skin tone.


Meeting Security

Zoom offers several different ways for you to secure your meetings. Zoom's security features, combined with careful planning, can help you avoid meeting or classroom disruptions.

Manage Recordings

Zoom Meetings and Webinars can be recorded locally or to the cloud. By recording your meeting to the cloud, you can leverage advanced features like automatically generated transcripts, multiple recording views, and easy sharing.


Connecting with Other Services

Install Zoom Calendar Add-ins

You can easily schedule Zoom meetings from your BU calendar using Zoom's Outlook and Google add-ins. After installing the Zoom add-ins, you'll be able to schedule Zoom meetings without having to leave your calendar application.

Integrate with your BU Calendar

By integrating with your BU Calendar, upcoming events will display within the Zoom desktop and mobile applications. Once connected, you will be able to quickly join meetings on your calendar with the click of a button.


Adding Zoom to Blackboard

Integrating Zoom with Blackboard will easily allow you to connect with your class online.

Zoom Apps

Zoom Apps brings extensible functionality from Zoom or 3rd party developers directly into your meetings. Participants can view Zoom App content with a screen share or be invited to install and collaborate in the app directly.


Inviting Participants

Connecting with BU Contacts

Using the Zoom desktop or mobile application, you can search for and connect with your peers. Zoom also lets you Star, or favorite, your most frequent contacts so you can chat with or invite them to meetings quickly.

Alternative Hosts and Co-Hosts

Zoom allows meeting hosts to share responsibilities with their peers, including teaching assistants. teaching fellows, moderators, or other support staff.


Additional Topics

Automatic Live Transcription

Automatic, real-time transcription allows participants to read all spoken conversation as captions or a full transcript with speaker attribution and can accessibility for participants in loud environments or may benefit from hearing and seeing content simultaneously.

About Your Personal Meeting ID (PMI)

Your PMI provides a quick and persistent way for you to invite someone to meet with you, but there are some security considerations you should follow before using it.


Retrieving Meeting Attendance

After hosting your meeting or class, you may wish to quickly view a report of who attended. Zoom allows meeting hosts to retrieve a participant report after their meeting has completed containing who joined, when they joined, and when they left.

Updating Zoom

Zoom regularly releases updates for their apps. As new features are released, hosts and participants may need to update to take advantage of everything Zoom has to offer. You can check for these updates using the built-in updater.