Adding Zoom Meeting Links to Your Blackboard Course

You can add a Zoom link to your Blackboard course.

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Last Updated: August 17, 2022
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Zoom is a synchronous communication tool that allows faculty and students to connect in real time using video and audio. Users can also share their screen, use a digital whiteboard, and record their sessions. Zoom can be accessed via Blackboard to create links for your your Blackboard class or directly through Zoom to connect with other groups or individuals. 

If you're using Brightspace for your course, see this article.

Logging into Zoom through Blackboard and Creating a Zoom Meeting Link for Your Class

Video Demo

  1. Log into Blackboard and click on one of your courses.

  2. On the left, click Zoom Meeting
    NOTE: If you do not see the Zoom Meeting button, you can add it by clicking on the + sign above the menu on the left-hand side, choose Tool Link, type Zoom Meeting into the title, choose Zoom Meeting from the drop-down, check off Available to Users, and click Submit

  3. If this is the first time you've used Zoom at Stony Brook, you will receive a message that says to check your email. Please do so before returning to Blackboard to set up your meeting room for the first time. Then, return to Blackboard and click Zoom Meeting to return to Zoom in Blackboard
    ***NOTE: If you already have an account with Zoom, you will get to a different page. Please sign out (top right-hand corner) and then click on the link again to continue***

  4. Click on the blue, Schedule a New Meeting button near the top-right hand side of the screen. This will open a screen to edit the options for your class Zoom Meeting link (you only need to create one for each class, but you will need to do go into each class and create a link for each separately).

  5. In this Schedule a Meeting screen, edit the following options:

    1. Topic: Type in the name of your class or the course code so that the meeting is identifiable (e.g.: BIO 203.03)

    2. Description: Optionally, add a description (e.g., use this link to access course meetings; or use this link for office hours)

    3. Time Zone: Check the box in front of ☑︎ Recurring meeting. Then, in the Recurrence drop down, choose No Fixed Time 
      Or to set specific date/time, choose adjust the time settings as needed

    4. Security: If only Stony Brook users will join your Zoom, check the box for ☑︎ Require authentication to join and choose Stony Brook Login 
      If non-Stony Brook users need to join your Zoom, uncheck ❏ Require authentication to join (for the session(s) the needs non-SBU participants)

    5. Audio: Select Telephone and Computer Audio

    6. Meeting Options: 

      1. check ☑︎ Mute participants upon entry

  6. To add an alternative host(s), click Advanced options, and then type the alternative host(s) exact email address (use a , between email addresses to add more than one)

  7. Click Save

If you would like to set up additional meetings for this class, you can repeat the above steps.

Logging into Zoom Outside of Blackboard

To create Zoom meetings outside of Blackboard or to view/adjust settings for Zoom Meetings created in Blackboard, log into the Zoom web portal:

  1. In a web browser, go to

  2. Click Sign in and sign in with your NetID and NetID Password

Starting a Meeting in Blackboard 

  1. After you set up your meeting room, click Start next to the title you gave your room. This room will be available whenever you are ready to start a class session or office hours. Remember to check your audio and video connection each time you enter a meeting. 

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