Zoom is an online video conferencing system. It features meeting and webinar capabilities, along with real-time messaging and content sharing. Compare Zoom and Google Hangouts Meet

Who can use Zoom?

  • The University of Minnesota has licenses for all current faculty, students, and staff to hold online meetings.
  • Students, faculty, and staff can host meetings for up to 300 people.
  • Faculty and staff can host webinars for up to 1,000 people.
  • A limited number of licenses are available to Faculty and staff to host webinars for up to 1,000 people.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who are part of the HCC (Health Care Component) will be assigned to a modified instance of Zoom, in order to preserve best practices around Protected Health Information.
    Note: If you are part of the HCC, you will need to take a very brief training before you can access your Zoom account. Access this training by going to zoom.umn.edu and clicking Log In.


  • An accessible interface 
  • Automatic captioning
  • Breakout rooms 
  • Recording capability
  • Polls, collaborative screen annotation, chat, and more

Integration into Canvas