How to Use Zoom in Canvas

How do I use Zoom in Canvas?

Zoom is a web conferencing tool that provides remote conferencing services. The Canvas-Zoom integration allows instructors to schedule online meetings from within Canvas and is available in all Canvas sites. Detailed information can be found on the Zoom Video Conferencing page.

There are settings and features available for enabling in the Zoom app and web portal that are not available to be enabled directly on Canvas. If you know you will only be using Zoom for class meetings and recordings, you can change your Zoom settings in the Zoom web portal to the recommended settings below.

  1. Go to the Zoom web portal and click the Sign In button to login with your Stan State credentials.

  2. Click Settings and select Meeting
    Zoom images of the meeting page
  3. Find Join before host Turn this option off.  
  4. Require a password when scheduling new meetings: Turn this on. It is now required that you add a password to your Zoom meetings; turning this setting on will auto-generate a password for each future meeting. 
  5. Find Embed password in meeting link for one-click join*: Leave this on
  6. Find Mute participants upon entry: Depends. This is recommended for large live lectures, but not for small discussion groups. 
  7. Find Only authenticated users can join meetings: Turn this on.
    • Note: All participants must be logged into their Zoom profile or through the Zoom application. If you create meetings in Canvas, this setting is not picked up from your general settings and needs to be added to particular meetings in the web portal.
  8. Find Closed captioning* (under Advanced): this setting must be turned on if you have a student who requires a live transcriptionist to provide captioning for the meeting. 

*Setting can only be changed in, not in a particular meeting. For Recording setting recommendations and more detailed information on Zoom and settings, please see the configure zoom section of the Use Zoom to support your course webpage.

Once you've made changes to your Zoom meeting settings and you are ready to create a meeting in Canvas, follow the steps below. 

  1. Click Zoom from your course navigation (doesn't always appear at the top of the navigation).
    Zoom menu in Canvas
  2. Your Zoom account should be automatically provisioned.
    • If you see an error message, refresh the page and try again as the auto-provisioning may have a lag. If you continue to see an error, manually install the Zoom software and login for the first time by going to and clicking Download in the header. 
  3. In Canvas, click Schedule a New Meeting
    Image of Zoom interface showing a button to Schedule a New Meeting
  4. Fill out the meeting settings. 
    • Topic: the title of your meeting
    • When: date and time of the meeting
    • Duration: total amount of time the meeting will run for (you can enter a meeting early)
    • Recurring meeting: meetings that will be used more than once in the course (e.g., weekly discussion meetings)
    • Video Host/Participant: select whether you'd like your/your participants' video to be automatically turned on or off
    • Meeting Options Recommendations: 
      • Enable Require meeting password
      • We recommend NOT selecting Enable join before host
      • We recommend NOT selecting Use Personal Meeting ID
      • If you'd like automatic recordings of the meeting, select Record the meeting automatically and save the recording in the cloud. 
  5. Click Save. You will now see the conference appear under 'Upcoming Meetings' 

    Upcoming Meetings image in Zoom Profile

Student Notifications

By default, once your meeting is scheduled, students will receive an email notification. In addition, the meeting will appear on students' Canvas Calendar. 
Canvas Student Calendar Image


Source: "Blog, How to Use Zoom with Canvas" by Kailey / A derivative from the original work