Zoom Tutorial for International Students

In the following, we will briefly explain how to participate in online seminars, meetings and other forms of events via zoom. Zoom supports all common operating systems and can also be started from a browser.

There are two possible ways to participate in a zoom meeting. In both cases you will be sent an invitation.

This invitation contains a link to the online event as well as a unique number (ID) with a corresponding password.

Below you will find short instructions on how to dial in via the link or ID. Installation of the zoom application is recommended.

Dial-in via the ID:

1. Start your pre-installed desktop zoom application and click on “Home” in the top menu bar. Now you can enter your first and last name and the meeting ID after clicking “Join”.

2. Confirm with “Join”. Next you have to enter the meeting password.

3. Then click on “Join via computer audio” to get to the meeting room.

4. In the meeting that now opens, you can change your audio and video settings in the lower left corner.

5. In most cases, you will be muted when you enter the meeting. This helps to avoid background noise.

6. You can reactivate the mute when you want to say something. After all, all participants benefit from lively communication.

Setting options

You can make further settings in the meeting room:

  • Microphone: input and output device settings, mute
  • Camera: Camera settings, start/stop video
  • Participants: Change own name, add profile picture, mute, overview of other participants, interaction via “raise hand”, “yes”, “no” etc.
  • Chat: Here you can send private or public messages to the other participants
  • Release the screen: Allows you to share your screen for demonstration purposes, for example, a presentation
  • Leave meeting

Since the use of Zoom is widespread at the TU-Darmstadt, you should consider using your own Zoom account, which is available to you under the campus licence (see HRZ website “Wie erhalte ich Zugriff auf die Campuslizenz?”). Preferably install the Zoom client on your computer and link it to your account. This will shorten the time it takes to join further events and allows additional adjustments to be made, e.g. to the recording and playback settings. Also make sure you have a stable Internet connection and use a laptop or computer instead of a mobile phone or tablet if it can be set up. If available, use a headset.

Of course, teaching methods and styles vary, so some features are used more or less. It's best to familiarize yourself with them in advance.

The Georg-August-University of Göttingen has provided a video to illustrate dial-in and other functions: https://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/video-tutorial+zur+meetingparticipation/624735.html