Delivering a Live Online Class


Zoom is the tool of choice for live e-learning and communication for the 2021/22 academic year. Zoom has already been used extensively in the institute for a number of years across MTU Cork’s range of online and blended programmes. The companies behind Zoom and Canvas also have a strategic partnership which means there is a deep integration between the two systems which allows Zoom to be launched from inside Canvas and makes in general for an easy and seamless transition between the two systems.

1. Sign up and download the Zoom client

First, go to

Click on the option to sign in and sign in using your CIT email details (what you typically use to access your CIT email). This will set you up with a licensed Zoom account.

Once you have done this, download the Zoom client from The Zoom client automatically downloads when you start or join your first meeting but we recommend that all users download the Zoom client in advance of running or participating in any Zoom session.


2. Schedule a class

Zoom meetings can be created for your regular timetabled classes or for any other unscheduled student sessions throughout the semester. By creating Zoom sessions in Canvas, you ensure that:

  • The Zoom session is easily accessible for you and your students
  • Attendees have been authenticated using their @CIT or @mycit accounts
  • The Zoom session is integrated into the rest of the Canvas module, which provides additional supports such as the Canvas Calendar system, etc.

3. Set up your audio

An important first step is to make sure that students can hear you and that you can hear them. You can actually check this before the class begins at all. This is done through the “Microphone” icon in the lower-left corner of the Zoom interface -- which is also the means by which you can mute and unmute yourself.

4. Admit students from the waiting room

By default, Zoom meetings have a waiting room to control access to the meeting. Before participants join they will need to be admitted to the session. As students seek access to the room, you will see a notification and can allow them entry . To admit these individuals to the meeting, you will need to:

  • Click Participants in the Zoom menu bar.
  • In the Participants pane, either click Admit for individual attendees, or Admit All to let in everyone who's waiting.

5. Share your screen

Screen Sharing in Zoom is tightly controlled, so you can share your entire screen, or just a single specific window or application.

When in Zoom, first open your Powerpoint or the software you want to show students and then select the option to share your screen with them using the "Share Screen" button at the bottom of the Zoom interface.

It is recommended that you select the option to share a specific application (e.g. Powerpoint). This means that regardless of what else is on your screen, only that application/ window will be shared and seen by your students.

5. Recording your Zoom session

Zoom sessions can be set to automatically record when you are scheduling the meeting, but if you have chosen not to use this setting, you can still manually start recording while in the session. Whether or not you record your online class is a decision which is being left to all teaching staff as an individual choice. You can also add highlights to the cloud recording to share specific sections of a recording with students.

Note: Recordings are automatically uploaded to Canvas, so you do not need to save these anywhere. When you stop recording, you will receive an email when the recording is ready.

More information on recording highlights here.

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