Make Zoom Available

Before you can use Zoom in your course, you will need to make it Available.

  • In the Control Panel, choose Customization
  • Choose Tool Availability
  • Scroll down to the bottom and click the boxes next to Zoom Meeting
  • Choose Submit from the top or bottom of the list

Linking to Zoom within your Course

There are two ways to add Zoom into your course:

1. Navigation Link (left hand menu):

Using the + (plus) sign in the left hand menu, choose Tool Link.

From the list of available tools, choose Zoom Meeting.


2. Content Link (within a content area):

Within your content area (folder), select Tools.

Choose More Tools, and then choose Zoom Meeting.

Multiple Instructors in Blackboard

If there are multiple instructors teaching a course in Blackboard that need to be able to host Zoom sessions, the initial instructor will need to add the others as alternative hosts to the session.First you will need to log into the web interface for Zoom at

Click on Meetings. Then click on Previous Meetings.

You should see a list of meetings, which should include the meeting associated with your course.

Click on the link for the meeting associated with your course.

On the next screen, click Edit. Scroll down to the bottom and click Advanced Options.

Type in the email addresses of the other instructors that will need hosting capabilities in this course. Please make sure to use the email address associated with their Zoom and Blackboard accounts. Then click Save.

Note: If Join Before Host is enabled for this meeting session, anyone will be able to use the Zoom session without the HOST there, however there are some functions that only a HOST can perform (recording, breakout rooms). Join before host can be set by default at the individual meeting level.

This is done in the settings for the meeting available when you click on the meeting name. Then click Edit.

Access to Zoom for Teaching Assistants and Course Builders

Currently persons with the roles of Teaching Assistant or Course Builder do not have access to Zoom sessions from the links within Blackboard.

If you have a TA or Course Builder that needs to have access, you can provide them with access through the associated session id. This is permanent and can be used outside of Blackboard for access.

To find your session id, you can log into Zoom at Click on Meetings. Then click on Previous Meetings. You should see a list of your meetings, including ones associated with your courses.

The meeting id is the 9 digit number to the right of the meeting topic. Provide this number to your TA or Course Builder and they can join from their Zoom desktop client, or from (click “Join a meeting”).

** PLEASE NOTE: This same process can be used to provide access to persons without Blackboard accounts (guest lecturers, interpreters, captionists).

Creating and Sharing Recordings

The HOST is able to control recording of sessions. By default, only the host can record a session, however the host has the option of allowing specific users the ability to record. For information on creating a Local Recording, see** PLEASE NOTE: Do not upload recordings directly into Blackboard. Instead, upload them into Panopto for streaming options and link it into your course..

Adding large video files directly in your course can cause issues for student playback as well as cause your course to become too large for future management.

For information on uploading a video to Panopto for streaming see Panopto Tutorials.

Blackboard Course Copy

If you are making a copy of a Blackboard course that contains Zoom links, please review the information located here to make sure that your new course has appropriate access.

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