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Teaching Remotely @ R-MC

Conducting Courses Remotely

Conducting Classes Remotely (Synchronous Lectures) in Zoom or Microsoft Teams

Holding live (synchronous) classes and meetings online with students is made possible through Zoom, or Microsoft Teams



Zoom is a video conferencing application available to R-MC faculty, staff and students via Zoom Professional licenses and Zoom Basic licenses available from ITS. With Zoom you can teach and hold online meetings anytime and anywhere. You can also record Zoom sessions for students to view on demand. 

Accessing Zoom

Faculty and students must activate their R-MC Zoom accounts to begin using Zoom properly. Then sign in with your R-MC Single-sign-on (SSO) username and password. You may download the desktop client or simply use the web-version without downloading. Be sure to use Chrome for the web-version. The downloaded desktop client offers more functions, including Breakout Room and Polling. You may also download the mobile App.

Zoom is available within Canvas (LMS), or can be accessed at If using the Canvas-integrated version, the course instructor can schedule and start a video conference from inside the Canvas course. To avoid being hacked or "Zoombombed", faculty should increase Zoom meeting security. Students may click the “Join” button in Canvas, or follow the meeting invitation provided by the instructor to join the conference. Students cannot schedule or start a Zoom meeting from inside Canvas. For security, the instructor should check the box for "Require Meeting Password" when scheduling a Zoom meeting in Canvas.

Some students experience problems accessing scheduled Zoom meetings from Canvas; they do not have a "Join" button available in their Canvas. Faculty should direct students to this trouble-shooting information.

There are advantages for the instructor to schedule and start a Zoom session from within Canvas:

  • Course activities, including Zoom meetings, are accessible by students from the centralized Canvas site.
  • The student's R-MC (official) identity will appear as Participant in the Zoom meeting. This is especially helpful for the instructor to review the Meeting Report (under the "Previous Meetings" tab). The Report includes student attendance information (when the student joins and leaves the meeting).

If accessing Zoom from, anyone, including students, can set up meetings. To invite others to join a Zoom session, in “Scheduling a Meeting”, copy the invitation information and paste it into email or Canvas communication; or select a calendar (e.g. Outlook) to schedule the meeting. For security, the faculty should select "Only authenticated user can join" when scheduling a meeting for class.

Learn more about Zoom:

Zoom has recently updated its tutorial videos on using Zoom functions and operation, or watch this training video before start hosting a meeting. 

Pedagogical considerations:

You may try these methods to enhance presentation and student interaction while using Zoom to teach: 

You may also schedule Zoom sessions to hold virtual office hours and meeting with students.

Additional Tips for teaching online classes (by University of Minnesota)


Microsoft Teams 

Microsoft Teams functions similarly as Zoom. R-MC users enjoy unlimited time and number of participants for any sessions. You can record Teams sessions and save the recordings in your OneDrive for students to view on demand.

Access at (or go to the R-MC webpage, on the bottom of the page, select the link “Intranet/BuzzNet”). Log in using your R-MC username and password. 

Watch more tutorials for using Microsoft Teams.

You may try these methods to enhance presentation and student interaction while using Microsoft Teams to teach: 

You may also schedule Microsoft Teams sessions to hold virtual office hours and meeting with students.

Additional Tips for teaching online classes (by University of Minnesota)