Zoom for Faculty

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.

See the below information for more on using Zoom in Blackboard and Brightspace.

Tips to Make Your Zoom Sessions More Secure

When setting up a new meeting, be sure to do the following under “Meeting Options”

  • Uncheck: Enable join before host
    • Students will not be able to get into the meeting prior to your arrival 
  • Check: Only authenticated users can join
    • This will limit the participants to only those that can log in with their Stony Brook NetID and password

Log into https://stonybrook.zoom.us/ and click on Settings for additional options: 

  • Mute participants upon entry: Turn on
  • Chat: you can turn off the ability for students to send a message visible to all participants. The hosts would be able to see chats, but not the other students. 
  • Private chat: you can turn off the ability for students to be able to send private messages through chat 
  • Screen sharing: by default, only the host can share their screen. Make sure you keep this option. 
  • Annotation: you can turn off the ability for students to be able to annotate on the screen. 
Strategies to Engage Students in Synchronous Zoom Sessions

There are a number of ways to engage students during your Zoom session:

Recording Meetings and Accessing Recordings

Faculty and students will have the option to record a session: 

Sessions recorded to the cloud

  • You will receive an email when the recording is complete. There will be multiple files: video, audio, chat (if applicable), and transcription. 
  • You will receive a second email when transcription is complete. You can edit the transcript once it is complete. 
  • All cloud recordings will automatically have a password. You can view, edit, or remove that password

Sessions recorded locally will have to be:

Sessions recorded to the cloud are automatically accessed through Brightspace:

  • Click on the Zoom Meeting button wherever it's been added to the course
  • Click on the Cloud Recordings tab
  • Click on the title next to the appropriate date. You will get the option to view the video or listen to the audio. 
Classrooms that are Zoom-Enabled

In the following classrooms the instructor has access to a mic and camera attached to an installed computer.


  • L2-105

  • L2-125

  • L2-154

  • L2-161

  • L2-232

  • L2-310

  • L3-159

  • L3-171

  • Seminar Room 2

  • 4W0101

  • 4W0101A

  • 4W0101B


  • Chancellors' Hall 112

  • Fine Art 134

West Campus 

  • Engineering 143

  • Engineering 145

  • Frey Hall 209

  • Frey Hall 211

  • Hariman 137

  • Humanities 1003

  • Humanities 1006

  • Library W4535

  • Light Engineering 102

Before using Zoom in any of these spaces,  please be aware: 

  • Volume is set in these spaces. If you have volume issues in your recordings, please report the issue immediately, include a link to the recording and where you recorded.
  • Use the mute all function in Zoom if you are experiencing feedback. This will mute all your students and should eliminate feedback.
  • Once you start your Zoom meeting, please check the camera. If you are in a room that has preset options, on the Touch Panel, switch to camera, select your preset, and adjust it. Cameras are fixed in some rooms. If you are unsure if the camera can be adjusted, please check with AV Services.
  • Zoom is not designed to capture what is written on whiteboards & blackboards. Instructors are advised to use the Sympodium in the room and share their desktop. 
To Connect as a Participant in Brightspace

To connect as a participant in Brightspace, click on the title of the Zoom room under the Zoom Meetings button: