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Creating and Accessing Zoom Meetings through Canvas
Last modified on 24 June 2024 12:05 PM

Zoom is currently available for all Faculty and Staff at the UofA. If a Zoom account is required by a Staff or Faculty member who does not want to access Zoom via Canvas (or eClass), please contact us at to request a manual account in Zoom.

This article describes how instructors can create and launch Zoom meetings through their Canvas course. It is also possible to create online sessions outside of regular Beartracks credit sections.

Adding Zoom to Canvas

1. If Zoom is not visible in your course left navigation menu, you may add it from the Settings menu:

Settings menu

2. Click on the Navigation tab:

Navigation tab

3. Click on the three dots to the left of Zoom and drag it up to the area for visible items:

Click to drag Zoom to visible menu

Dropped in visible navigation tabs

4. Click Save at the bottom of the page. If successful, the Zoom link will be available in the left navigation items visible to students:

Visible in left navigation list

Activating a Zoom account

Once you click the link, you should now see the Zoom course dashboard. If this is your first time accessing the tool (and Zoom), you will need to confirm your UAlberta email address as an account on the system. Note: if you already have a Zoom account associated with your UAlberta Gmail account (in the form you may encounter problems with this step. You will need either to delete or rename your personal account to link an account to Zoom through Canvas. 

Clicking the link in your UAlberta email account will allow you to follow a sequence of steps to sign in to and connect your account to Zoom. Note: some people have had their accounts created without needing to go through this step. If you go into the Zoom tool and see the 'Zoom Course meetings' screen, your account is set up.




Now your account is enabled and you will be signed in to the Zoom web application. As this interface is slightly different from the integrated Canvas tool, it is recommended that you navigate back to Canvas and refresh your page.

Creating Zoom meetings in Canvas:

Now clicking on the Zoom link in the Canvas course sidebar, you should see the Zoom Course recordings interface. This will show any Upcoming meetings you’ve already created, along with tabs for Previous meetings, and any Cloud recordings:



When creating a new meeting, you can specify the following:

  • Topic: Enter a name for your meeting to identify it to students
  • Description (Optional): Any clarifying information about the meeting needed
  • When: The Date and time of the meeting  
  • Duration: The meeting length - students will see a Join button in your course until the meeting duration has passed
  • Timezone: Leave as the default
  • Recurring meeting: can set up a meeting to recur Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or with No Fixed Time  
    • Daily: Set meetings to occur every set number of days
    • Weekly: Set which days of the week to have the meeting and how many weeks to repeat the recurrence
    • Monthly: Set which day of the month to have the meeting and how many months to repeat the recurrence
    • No Fixed Time: The meeting has no set time or duration, it is a meeting you can access any time
    • Note: Meetings can only recur sixty times, so if you need more recurrences than that, you will need to request another meeting.

      Part of the Zoom meeting interface, including Topic, Description, When, Duration, Time Zone, and Recurring Meeting
  • Note: Meetings can only recur sixty times, so if you need more recurrences than that, you will need to request another meeting.
  • Registration: Leave unchecked
  • Security: You must have one of these options on:
    • Passcode: Enabled by default, this ensures that people can't get into the meeting without the passcode or a direct link to the meeting (such as the "Join" button for students in Canvas).
    • Waiting room: Checking this will require you to click ‘Admit’ for each participant who enters and is recommended for holding virtual office hours.
    • Only authenticated users can join: Use this setting to require students to sign in to their U of A google account before accessing. This ensures that students are logged in to their account, which is recommended for setting up certain settings, such as pre-assigned breakout rooms and watermarks.
  • Video: Determine whether video and audio should be enabled by default for Hosts or Participants.
  • Audio: Leave as default.

    Zoom meeting settings for registration, security, video, and audio

  • Meeting Options:
    • Enable join before host: If unchecked, students will see a message saying ‘Please wait for the Host to start the meeting’ until you join
    • Mute participants upon entry: Good option to check in large sessions
    • Record the meeting automatically: Check this to record and then specify whether it should be Local (.mp4 stored on your computer) or Cloud (available to students in a list in your course)
    • Alternative hosts: Add instructors and TAs to act as alternative hosts in meetings. Other instructors and TAs in the course who are not added to meeting rooms will not automatically receive notifications about it.

      Zoom meeting option settings


Once created, you will see your meeting listed under ‘Upcoming meetings’:



Accessing the meeting settings will provide you with a link to share with external participants. Students in your class can click the link to join.



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