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Last updated: November 18, 2021

Zoom


Zoom

Introduction

During the COVID-19 pandemic, several pieces of telecommunications software emerged as useful to teams in various contexts. Zoom is one of them, which has become a major platform for students and professors at Arizona State University. This means many resources§ have been developed to help students and faculty orient themselves to the technology.

Background

Zoom offers users a wide variety of options for use, including:

  • Chat
  • Meetings
  • Large-scale events and webinars
  • Zoom Rooms
  • Developer Platform APIs & SDKs

There are a range of options of basic plans§ for users to choose from, depending on the nature of use. There is a free option – which allows individuals to host up to 100 participants, unlimited group meetings for up to 40 minutes, unlimited one-to-one meetings with a 30 hour time limit, and both private and group chats.

There are three other basic options to choose from, including Pro, Business, and Enterprise. Aspects of these plans can be compared below:

Free Pro Business Enterprise
Cost (dollars/month/ license)

0.00

14.99

19.99

19.99

Max. participants

100

100

300

500

Large Meeting Option?

No

Yes (1,000 participants)

Yes (1,000 participants)

Other features
  • Unlimited one-to-one meetings with a 30 hour time limit per meeting.
  • Private & Group Chat
  • Group meetings for up to 30 hours
  • Social media streaming
  • 1 GB cloud recording (per license)
  • Single sign-on
  • Recording transcripts
  • Managed domains
  • Company branding
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • Recording transcripts

In addition to these plans, there are also more complex plans available for specific uses. These can be explored on Zoom’s Pricing page.§

Process

Depending on the nature of use that an individual has in mind for the Zoom platform, gaining a license for use may look different. Regardless of how and why an individual gains access, it is important to note the plethora of resources that Zoom offers. This includes videos, written tutorials, and articles covering different applications possible.

The following link§
may prove useful for users of various levels of experience with the platform, as it includes dropdown sections for the following (for example):

  • Zoom Meetings and Webinars
  • Zoom messaging
  • Zoom Integrations
  • Zoom On-Premise

Brand information

Zoom is a leading platform for collaboration, with major competitors and alternatives as follows§:

  • Google
  • Cisco
  • Microsoft
  • LogMein
  • TeamViewer
  • BlueJeans by Verizon
  • 247Meeting

Uses in education

When COVID-19 forced instruction to move online, Zoom became a leading choice for institutions on a global scale. Although many modes of instruction have returned to an entirely in-person mode of instruction, there are still several uses for the platform.

General lectures and presentations are able to be shared, read, and heard through a Zoom meeting. Smaller, private conversations are able to be held in Breakout Rooms as well. The general content of the meeting and/or conversations in a given Breakout Room can be recorded and transcribed for later review as well.

The capabilities of Zoom also prove useful for research methodology in educational contexts as well. This might look like hosting an entire study or completing one-on-one interviews/surveys in a Zoom call or Breakout Room.

Although there is no specific Tech Tour regarding Zoom as a software, the following videos on the IgnitED Labs’ YouTube page§ may prove useful for Zoom users:

Tech Tour