Zoom Faculty and Staff Resources

Getting Started

The distance learning technology staff are here to help make your class a success. Below are some resources for getting started.

Hosting a Zoom Meeting:

If you are hosting a meeting:

How to host a meeting

How to schedule a meeting

Joining a Zoom Meeting:

There are two ways to join a Zoom meeting, if someone else hosts the meeting:

  • By using a provided web link (URL)
  • By using a provided meeting ID

How to join a Zoom meeting

How to join and configure audio and video

How-to Videos

How to share your screen

Additional help may be found online at the Zoom Help Center.

Training and technical support

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the Help Desk.

Search these online step-by-step guides  

Requesting a license

Fill out and submit this online form

Beginning in June 2022, Zoom licenses will be renewed. MSU employees who need a Pro account will go through their cost center to receive one as the cost center will pay for the license.

For employees who do not need a Pro account, they will be transitioned to a Basic account which is free.

Here’s the difference between the two kinds of accounts:

Zoom basic accounts

Students, staff or faculty with an MSU email address can request a Basic license using the Software License Request – Zoom form. Basic accounts are free. With a Basic license, you can:

  • host one-on-one meeting for an unlimited time.
  • host meetings of three or more for under 40 minutes.
Zoom Pro accounts

The cost center will determine the individuals who require a Pro account. Select people who need a Pro account should work through their cost center. With a Pro account, you can:

  • host meetings with more than three people.
  • host meetings without a 40 minute time limit.
  • save recordings to the cloud.

Please note, it is NOT necessary to have a Zoom account to join and participate in meetings. An account is only needed if you wish to host your own meetings. Microsoft Teams is another option for hosting video meetings. Anyone with access to MSU’s Office 365 has access to Teams.