Zoom: Before Class Begins

Install Zoom

To use Zoom with Blackboard, you must have the Zoom app installed on your computer.

  1. In your web browser, go to: https://zoom.us/support/download
  2. A file called ZoomInstaller.exe will automatically download to your computer. Most end users will see the file appear in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Click the filename to begin the installation. You will also find the file in the Downloads folder on your C Drive.
  1. A Zoom Meetings window appears when the installation is complete. Click Sign in.
  2. Click Sign In With SSO
  3. Input “usc” in the Company Domain field.
  1. Click Continue
  2. Click Open Zoom Meetings
  3. The Zoom app installation is complete.

Join a Zoom Meeting via SSO

Use these instructions to join a Zoom meeting after logging in via SSO.

  1. Locate the Zoom app on your computer and click to open.
  2. Click Sign In.
  1. Click Sign In with SSO.
  1. On the Sign In with SSO screen:
    • (a) Input “usc” in the Company Domain
    • (b) Click Continue.
  1. On the Welcome screen:
    • (a) Enter your Net ID and password.
    • (b) Click Sign in.
  1. A browser window opens. Click Open Zoom.
  1. The Zoom app opens. Click Home.
  1. Click Join.
  1. On the Join Meeting screen:
    • (a) Enter the meeting ID. You will find this in the invitation or e-mail from the host.
    • (b) Click Join.
  1. If prompted:
    • (a) Enter a meeting password. You will find this in the invitation or e-mail from the host, usually below the meeting number.
    • (b) Click Join Meeting.
  1. Wait for the meeting to start and for the host to admit you into the meeting from a waiting room. This task is complete.

Enable Zoom in Blackboard

You must enable Zoom for each course that you administer in Blackboard.

  1. Navigate to your course in My Courses module.
  2. Turn edit mode on .
  1. In the upper left-hand corner of the Blackboard screen, below the course name, click .
  2. Click Tool Link.
  1. In the Add Tool Link pop-up window:
    • Enter Zoom in the Name field.
    • In the Type field, select USC Zoom Pro Meeting.
    • Select the Available to Users checkbox.
    • Click Submit.
  1. The Zoom link will be displayed in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. You may now schedule Zoom meetings by clicking this link.
  1. Set edit mode to off    

Schedule Class With Zoom

  1. Navigate to your course in My Courses module.
  2. In the menu on the left, click the Zoom link.
  3. Click Schedule a New Meeting.
  4. On the Zoom screen, complete the following fields:
    • Topic: Meeting topic (e.g., Thursday lecture)
    • Description: Description of the meeting/lecture.
    • When: Start time and date of the meeting.
    • Duration: Meeting duration.
    • Video Host: Select “On.”
    • Audio: Select “Both”
    • Meeting Options:
      • Select Require Meeting Password and input a password.
      • Select Enable waiting room.
      • Select Record the Meeting Automatically and In The Cloud
    • Alternative Hosts: Contains TA’s and others who are automatically assigned to the course. Cannot be changed.
  5. Click Save. You will need to send the meeting link to your students using a Blackboard Announcement.

Send Blackboard Announcement With Zoom Link

Use a Blackboard Announcement to send Zoom meeting links created in Blackboard. Do not send Zoom meeting links via e-mail, since this increases the risk of “Zoombombing.”

Zoombombing occurs when a meeting participant uses Zoom’s screensharing feature to interrupt and disrupt meetings and classes.

  1. Navigate to your course in My Courses module.
  2. Turn edit mode on .
  1. In the menu on the left-hand side of the screen, click the Zoom link.
  2. On the Upcoming Meetings tab, locate the Zoom meeting you wish to announce.
  3. Click the meeting link in the Topic field.
  4. On the row containing the web link for the meeting, click  
  1. On the pop-up window, click the Copy Meeting Invitation button.
  2. Close the pop-up window.
  3. At the top of the screen, click the course name.
  4. In the menu panel on the left-hand side of the screen, click Announcements.
  5. Click Create Announcement.
  6. In the Subject field, enter the subject of the announcement (e.g., Thursday online class).
  7. In the Message field, paste the Zoom meeting link and add additional required information.
  8. At the bottom of the screen, click Submit. The announcement will be sent to individuals associated with the course.

How to Pre-Record a Session

Use pre-recorded sessions to record a lecture that you wish to publish later.

  1. Navigate to your course in My Courses module.
  2. In the menu on the left-hand side of the screen, click the Zoom link.
  3. Click the Personal Meeting Room tab.
  4. Click Edit this Meeting.
  5. Select Record the meeting automatically and In the cloud.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Click Start this Meeting. Zoom opens automatically (If prompted, select Zoom Meetings to launch the app).
  8. Select an audio option from the pop-up window.
  9. Click End Meeting.
  10. Click the End Meeting for All.
  11. Open a web browser and go to usc.zoom.us.
  12. Click Sign In. You will be signed in automatically through single sign-on.
  13. On the left-hand side of the screen, click Recordings.
  14. Click
  1. A pop-up window appears with a link to the recording. Click Copy to Clipboard. You may now e-mail the link to your students or include it in a Blackboard Announcement.

Setup Zoom Meeting from Blackboard

This video demonstrates how to set up a Zoom meeting from within Blackboard.

Start / End Zoom Meeting from Blackboard

Learn how to start and end a Zoom meeting from Blackboard.