Zoom - Canvas Integration Guide

Last Updated: 01/25/2021

Zoom now offers an integration with Canvas, making it easier than ever to conduct courses remotely. Use this guide to seamlessly integrate Zoom into your Canvas course. Topics covered include: 

Zoom Canvas Integration Overview Video

Adding Zoom to a Canvas course

To use the Zoom integration in Canvas, simply navigate to the Zoom option in your course navigation bar. Zoom will be available by default for all courses. 

Please note: The first time you use the Zoom application in Canvas, you may be prompted to authorize use of the Zoom Pro LTI. If this occurs, select Authorize to proceed.

Scheduling a Zoom meeting in Canvas

Once Zoom is added to a Canvas course, it can be used to schedule video meetings.  Zoom meetings can also be scheduled from the Zoom desktop/mobile application.

  1. Click the Zoom link located in the Course Navigation bar
  2. Click the Schedule a New Meeting button. From here, you can configure the settings of your Zoom meeting. More information about Zoom Meeting settings can be found in the Scheduling Meetings guide in the Zoom Help Center.
  3. To schedule a recurring meeting, click the Recurring Meeting checkbox. You can choose the frequency with which a meeting is repeated, and a date at which the recurrences end. Note: When scheduling a recurring meeting, each occurrence is created as an independent event. Thus, any edits to your meetings must be done individually.

Disclaimer: OIT highly recommends the use of security features such as domain-based authentication, waiting rooms and passcodes. For more information please visit our Secure Meetings Guide.

Starting a scheduled Zoom meeting

Once Zoom is added to a Canvas course, you can access Zoom from Course Navigation. 

  1. In the Course Navigation bar, click the Zoom link.
  2. Click the Upcoming Meetings button.
  3. Locate the Meeting ID you want to begin and click the Start button.

Using Personal Meeting Rooms in Canvas

Your Personal Meeting Room is a dedicated Zoom meeting space which you can use any time.  Because this room features a static User ID and meeting link, it can come in handy for impromptu meeting sessions with those you visit with frequently.

To begin a new meeting in your Personal Meeting Room:

  1. Click on Zoom in the Course Navigation bar.
  2. Select the Personal Meeting Room tab.
  3. Click on Start this Meeting

Using Cloud Recordings in Zoom

Any time you host a meeting in Zoom, you have the opportunity to record the meeting session and save it to Zoom cloud storage.  The Zoom Canvas integration allows you to view any of your cloud recordings, and to control student access to them.  Check out the Zoom Help Center to learn more about cloud recording in Zoom.

  1. Click on Zoom in the Course Navigation bar.
  2. Select the Cloud Recordings tab.
  3. Find the recording you are interested in.  You can search for a specific recording using the date, ID, or topic filters.
  4. Selecting the Topic of your chosen meeting will allow you to view any recorded video, audio, or chat file associated with the cloud recording.
  5. You can toggle the Publish icon off/on to determine whether or not the recording is available for students to access. By default, new cloud recordings are unpublished when they are first generated.

Generate Zoom Meeting Attendance and Polling Reports

Zoom will save data from past meetings which you have hosted, allowing you to generate Meeting Reports (which may include participant names, email addresses, and the time during which they were in the Zoom meeting) or Polling Reports (which may include any polls run during the meeting, along with participants’ answers).  

To generate a Report in the Zoom Canvas integration:

  1. Click on Zoom in the Course Navigation bar.
  2. Select the Previous Meetings tab.
  3. Click on the Report button for your chosen meeting.
  4. Select either the Meeting Report tab to generate Meeting Report data, or the Poll Report tab to generate a Poll Report.

Canvas Integration FAQ

Does LTI pro respect which course you’re in? E.g. Does a student or instructor only see meetings and recordings associated with a course?

Yes - Both students and instructors only see the prospective meetings/recordings associated with each course.

Can students schedule Zoom meetings on behalf of their instructor?

No. Only instructors and TA’s, as designated in Canvas, can schedule Zoom meetings. .

If I schedule a Zoom meeting outside of the Canvas integration either via web or the desktop application, will it appear in Canvas?

No. You must schedule a meeting through the integration if you want it to be available in Canvas. Meetings scheduled through the integration will appear in your meeting list and can be managed at https://cuboulder.zoom.us

Can I import a Zoom meeting into a Canvas course if I originally scheduled it outside of the integration?

Yes. Navigate to the Import meeting function in the Zoom section of your canvas course and enter the meeting ID that you would like to import. Once imported, the meeting and recordings will be available in the course.

How can I modify additional settings for Zoom outside of the Canvas integration?

Please visit https://cuboulder.zoom.us to manage all of your Zoom meetings and settings.

If I schedule a Zoom meeting outside of the Canvas integration either via web or the desktop application, will it appear in Canvas?

No. You must schedule a meeting through the integration if you want it to be available in Canvas. Meetings scheduled through the integration will appear in your meeting list and can be managed at https://cuboulder.zoom.us

How can I modify additional settings for Zoom outside of the Canvas integration?

Please visit https://cuboulder.zoom.us to manage all of your Zoom meetings and settings.

If I have a TA with a TA-No Grade Access role or other modified TA role, will they be able to schedule a Zoom meeting in the course?

Yes, they will have the same Zoom functionality as the instructor.

As an Instructor, will I see the Zoom links my TAs create?

Yes, you will have full visibility of any Zoom meetings.

If my course has sections, will students see Zoom links specific to their section?

If your canvas course is built with sections, all students in any section will see all meetings associated with the course. To prevent this, we recommend building a separate canvas course for each specific section.

Can I add the same Zoom meeting to multiple courses, e.g. a common office hours meeting?

The integration does not allow for the same meeting ID to be shared between courses. If you would like to share a meeting between classes, we recommend advertising the link in your syllabus.