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What is Zoom?

Zoom is a web-based communication technology (synchronous) that unifies video conferencing, annotation tools, online meetings, breakout rooms, whiteboards and the ability to record and download meetings. Zoom offers a video, audio, chat and wireless screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux systems.

Zoom at Butler

Zoom was introduced at Butler in 2016 as a pilot solution for web conferencing on campus. It has been used for distance education, interviews, online meetings and eLearning. Zoom is the Butler supported technology for synchronous communication as of April 14, 2017. Those who have the meeting URL can attend a Zoom meeting even if they aren't affiliated with Butler. Any member of the Butler community (students, faculty, staff) can use their Butler username and password to create Zoom meetings. Zoom has integration tools for Outlook, Chrome and more. Zoom integrates into Canvas as an external tool.

A COE student video conferencing with two students from IPS.

Use Case: Zoom in the COE

Cathy Hartman connects local educators to her ED 112 class to help students identify with the various roles that educators have in their jobs. Amanda Huffman, a Butler alumni, was one of those educators, but unfortunately schedules did not align for Butler students to visit her class because of travel time. Hartman and Huffman decided to use Zoom to connect around 22 Butler preservice teachers with Huffman's Pike High School advanced math class.

Pike students were paired with Butler students to work on math problems. Using Zoom, the Pike students "taught" the Butler students how to work through the problems. The math problems also integrated Butler University landmarks, bridging to conversations about college with the Pike students.

Nicholas Adams, '21, reflected on the use of Zoom:

"Being able to connect with the students through the Zoom application has been interesting... They were able to show us the information in a clean and precise manner using their cellphones and were able to react to us when we shared our information. The ability to connect with someone face to face is important as teachers and so this gives us the ability to be face to face or one on one with students even if we are far away from them."

Do you have a class project that could use Zoom? Contact CAT at to set up a consultation or arrange for in-class support.

Ready to Zoom?

Zoom is now available for all Butler faculty, staff and students! You can access Zoom by opening your favorite browser and going to, then selecting Sign In.  Use your Butler username and password to log in. If you have problems signing in, contact the Help Desk by submitting a request at

Already a Zoom User?

No worries! Just follow the instructions above to sign in to Zoom with your Butler username and password, and your account will be converted to the Pro status (no more 40-minute limitations!).
Note: You may need to restart your computer to clear the cache if your browser does not take you to the Butler sign in page.

Zoom Features

  • Great video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux systems
  • Mobile ready and fully accessible
  • Anyone with current Butler credentials can host a meeting
  • Great for small group meetings where one or more parties are remote
  • Instructors can divide online students easily into breakout groups

Will Zoom Work Internationally?

Yes, Zoom works globally. You can start or join a meeting from any international location using PC, Mac , Android, iOS , H.323/SIP devices or telephone dial-in.

Getting Started with Zoom

This PDF iconZoom Basics document provides you with the basic instructions to start or join a Zoom meeting. For more information and resources, visit the Zoom LibGuide.

Using Zoom on Your Desktop or Mobile Device

Zoom Client (available for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux):
Go to the Zoom Download Center and select Zoom Client for Meetings.

Zoom Mobile Apps (available for iOS and Android devices):
Search the App Store for "Zoom" or Google Play for "Zoom Meetings".

Video Conferencing Rooms

View the list of Video Conferencing Rooms available at Butler. 

Panopto vs. Zoom

What is the main difference?

While Panopto and Zoom are both Butler-supported recording applications, the intended use of each application is different. Zoom is best for synchronous (i.e. live) communication, and it can be recorded. A few notable uses of Zoom are:

  • Bringing guest speakers into a class virtually,
  • Conducting staff meetings with remote participants, and
  • Collaborating online using screen sharing and breakout rooms.

Panopto is best for asynchronous recordings that are intended to be shared later. Panopto also offers online quizzes, note taking, captioning and much more. Some use cases of Panopto include:

  • Flipping classrooms,
  • Recording class sessions for absent students, and
  • Recording student presentations, e.g. speeches and hands-on skills assessments

Both applications integrate with Canvas courses and organizations. When recording using either Panopto or Zoom, please keep in mind copyright laws. For more information on copyright laws, visit the Copyright Libguide.

Getting More Help

Contact the Center for Academic Technology to request a consultation about uses of Zoom.

Contact the IT Help Desk for assistance with Zoom or your Zoom account.

View the Zoom LibGuide.

More help can be found on the Zoom Help Center.