Learning Remotely

First-time users

First order of business:Download & Install Zoom

Anyone needing to use Zoom must first download & install the software onto their device(s).

To participate in a Zoom session hosted by someone else, you do not have to have a Zoom account.

Students: Free accounts - You may host an unlimited number of meetings with up to 25 participants, but your meetings will be limited to 40 minutes. If your meetings go over, you can simply start a new one and send the participants the new meeting link. Sign in via your EMU Google account.

See section below for more info on Google integration.

For additional help/support information on the Zoom system & software, consult their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.


  • Supported devices

    • Mac or Windows/PC (desktop or laptop) -more recent make & model is recommended (2-3 years or newer)

      • Recommended web browsers: Chrome or Firefox

    • iOS (iPad, iPhone)

    • Android tablets or smartphones

    • Note:Some Zoom functionality is not available or is limited on mobile devices; full computers are recommended for regular use

  • High speed internet connection

    • Home: Cable or DSL internet; (rural satellite internet is questionable)

    • Office/campus: Wired or wireless internet

    • Mobile: 4G/LTE cellular service (data plan rates apply; not recommended for regular use)

    • Note: If you have questions as to what your internet speed is, complete this Internet Speed Test.

  • Webcam and microphone -Built-in or plugged-in (USB)

  • Full system requirements from Zoom's support site- including specific webcam & audio equipment recommendations, and specific internet bandwidth requirements

Note: Headphones/earbuds or a USB headset are highly recommended to reduce the chances for audio echo or feedback, improving audio quality for all.

Best Practices Using Zoom

  • Use a computer that is in a quiet room, without other computers that are accessing Zoom.

  • Click on the Zoom meeting link sent by the instructor.

  • Unmute the audio and video at the bottom of the screen.

  • When you are not talking, mute your audio.

  • Hold down the space bar to unmute while talking.

  • Use the chat feature if you have questions.

  • Be yourself and respect others

  • Set up an intentional space where the class is going to happen