Zoom Rooms Overview


Zoom Rooms vs Zoom | Learning Zoom Rooms | Scheduling Zoom Room Meetings | Running Zoom Rooms Meetings | Hosting and Interacting Remotely

Hybrid classroom technology is installed in select learning spaces across the Pittsburgh campus that are scheduled through the registrar’s office. These rooms are equipped with a Zoom Rooms system.



Zoom Rooms vs Zoom Videoconferencing

A Zoom Room is a software-based system that coordinates room equipment with a Zoom Videoconferencing meeting for an integrated conferencing experience for in-person and remote participants. In other words, Zoom is the meeting software, and Zoom Rooms is the on-site control system and integrated equipment for controlling, sharing, and displaying the Zoom meeting.

Pitt Zoom Room classrooms feature a Zoom Rooms controller (the Poly TC8 touch tablet) plus a floor monitor that includes one or two free-standing displays with an attached Poly Studio camera, microphone, and speaker unit. The Zoom Rooms system also integrates with existing classroom technology, such as an overhead screen/wall display, projector, and audio system.

Learning to Use Zoom Rooms

The following short videos provide an introduction to Zoom Rooms equipment and an overview of using the technology to create Zoom Rooms meetings, setting up auto-record, starting meetings and sharing your screen, and navigating the Zoom Room controls.

Zoom Rooms: Introduction to the Technology (1:53)

Zoom Rooms: Using the Technology—Overview (3:33)

Scheduling Zoom Meetings for Zoom Room Classrooms

As with any Zoom meeting, the first step is to schedule it. They key is to be sure the Zoom Room is included in the meeting invite.

For Classes with a Canvas Course (recommended)
For Classes Without a Canvas Course
Settings to Consider When Scheduling Zoom Room Meetings

Running Zoom Rooms Meetings

In-room participants, including the instructor, are strongly discouraged from connecting to the Zooms meeting on their personal device while participating in a Zoom Room, as it can cause significant audio interference. If a participant does connect, they should be muted and turn their device speakers to 0%.

Instructors should supply all course material digitally if possible, because the Chalk Board / White board in the room may not easily be seen on camera. 

Turning on Room Equipment
Starting and Stopping Meetings
Sharing Your Screen
Recording the Meeting in Zoom Rooms

Hosting and Interacting Remotely

Remotely Hosting in a Zoom Room Classroom
Interacting with Remote Participants

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