Luther faculty, staff, and students may visit luther.zoom.us and click “Sign in” to access the software. If prompted, enter your Norse Key username and password (without @luther.edu). Students are provided a Basic account. Faculty and Staff are provided a Pro account.
Zoom is a remote meeting and collaboration tool used for web conferences and online presentations. It is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to organize and attend online meetings.
If you are familiar with Zoom and have a specific question, visit the Helpful Links further down the page. Contact the Technology Help Desk with questions.
We are recommending faculty and staff set up scheduled meetings as follows:
Through Luther’s site license, Zoom Basic is available to students. It allows up to 100 participants and a meeting duration of up to 40 minutes. Some of the additional features of Zoom Basic include:
Through Luther’s site license, Zoom Pro is available to faculty and staff. It provides all of the functionality of Zoom Basic and allows up to 300 participants with a meeting duration of up to 24 hours.
To integrate Zoom with your Google Calendar, Luther faculty, staff, and students may follow these steps: Zoom - Google Calendar Integration Setup.
You can then make a Google Meet or a Zoom Meeting from within your Google Calendar using the "add video conferencing" option. "Google Meet" is already in the dropdown list. These steps add "Zoom Meeting" to that dropdown. While there are many steps, it only takes a few minutes to set up.
The virtual background feature allows you to display an image as your background during a Zoom meeting. Luther College Marketing and Communications has created Luther-related images that you may use for this purpose. For more information and a guide for setting this up, see Zoom Virtual Backgrounds.
Zoom Virtual Backgrounds are not compatible with some computers. If your computer is not compatible, you can check the “I have a green screen” box. While you don’t need to have a real green screen behind you in order to use this feature, a solid color background is required. Within this “Settings” box you can manually pick the color of the background if Zoom did not properly detect it for you. System prerequisites and additional information from Zoom may be found at: Virtual Background.
We recommend using Google Meet (up to 250 people) or Skype (up to 50 people) for video conferencing sessions. When you're wanting a more structured, controlled environment or need to record the meeting, Zoom (up to 300 people) is ideal.
Faculty, staff, and students can start a Google Meet, Skype or Zoom session at any time.
Webcams and tripods are available for checkout from the Circulation Desk in Preus Library. These webcams have a built in microphone. ITS also has conference carts that may be requested to be set up through help.luther.edu.