Remote Access - Zoom - Tips and Tutorials

Poorvu Center’s online tutorials

The tutorials last an hour and they are about evenly divided into sections about Canvas, launching Zoom from Canvas, and using Zoom’s features. YOu can sign up at the Poorvu Center Online Workshops.

The first part may be old hat of most of us, but there is a lot to learn from the latter two. For example, the first thing to do, per the second part, is to make sure you have a zoom account by logging into Zoom via (or else you won’t have full functionality). In the last third, I found the segments on the “raise hand”, “sharing content”, and “breakout room” features especially useful.

Open Zoom Sessions

This will be hosted daily, as time permits, with start and end times listed per session.  Look for an email in your inbox if you would like to log in and ask questions.

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  • Starting a new meeting?  Test your speakers and microphone.
  • Trying to add Zoom to Canvas and getting an error message saying your email does not exist?  Most likely you logged in using your Yale email as a personal account.  Just Register your email.
  • Using Zoom for Class Instruction. (30 minute video)
  • Pre-record your class and upload to Canvas.  Use Zoom session for class discussion.
  • Record your class, upload it to canvas and/or email to students with degraded internet connections.

Reader submitted tips and suggestions

If you find resources, or even simply one-off tips, please share! E-mail me at or Tom at, and we’ll figure out a way to share them across the department.