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Getting Started

The following information will help you prepare for using the online classroom application. Select the links below to explore Zoom’s tools and features, and to learn more about creating online lectures with Zoom.

Activate your LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) account:

  1. To activate your account, please visit our UT Zoom page at
  2. Select the icon to Create or Edit Account, and log in with your NetID and password.
  3. An account will be provisioned for you.
  4. If prompted via email to confirm your account, please do so.
  • Zoom Licensed (Pro) Accounts
    • Instructors and students will receive a Licensed (Pro) account. With a Licensed (Pro) account, leaders may schedule and host an unlimited number of meetings, of any duration, with up to 300 participants.
  • Zoom Basic Accounts
    • Staff will receive a Basic level account. With a Basic level account, leaders may schedule and host an unlimited number of meetings, for up to 40 minutes in duration, with up to 300 participants. If you are a staff member and would like to request an upgrade to a Licensed (Pro) account, please contact us at the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900 or submit a ticket online at

Set up the Zoom Desktop Application:

You may choose to use the web interface by logging into our Zoom page (select “Create or Edit Account” to login), or, use the Zoom desktop application to schedule and lead meetings. To setup the desktop application, please follow the steps below.

  • Download and install the Zoom application (A download link is available on our Zoom page).
  • Click the Zoom icon on the desktop
  • Select Sign In
  • Select Sign In with SSO (PC) or Login with SSO (Mac)
  • Enter the word tennessee (lower case) to complete the domain name of (The part of the domain may be provided for you on the screen.)
  • Select Continue
  • Log in with your NetID and password and follow the prompts on the screen to launch Zoom

Quick Start Guides

The Quick Start Guides listed below describe the LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) online meeting environment from the instructor’s (leader’s) point of view.

LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) Leader Guide (PDF)

LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) Schedule a Meeting with the Desktop Application (PDF)

LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) Guide to Managing a Meeting (PDF)

Tools and Features

The guides below will help instructors and meeting leaders with exploring the tools of features of the online classroom, including navigating the toolbar and creating and deploying Breakout Rooms.

If you are a co-instructor or need to schedule meetings on behalf of another user, please explore the LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) Guide to Alternative Host and Schedule Privilege.

LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) Guide to Share Screen and Annotation Tools (PDF)

LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) Guide to Breakout Rooms (PDF)

LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) Guide to Alternative Host and Schedule Privilege

Quick Guide to Managing Recordings

LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) online classroom recordings are in MP4 format and the MP4 will save to the local device. To share the MP4 with students, select a file storage and streaming option that best fits your needs.

It is not recommended that you upload large files directly to your Online@UT (Canvas) course site. There are several reasons for this, the most important of which is this: even once you successfully upload your large file into the course site, there’s no guarantee that your students will be able to download and view it via their Internet connections

There are several options for storing and streaming MP4s, and some are listed below with links to more information about each option.

  • LiveOnline@UT (Zoom) Cloud Recording – All Licensed (Pro) level account holders may choose to record to the Zoom Cloud from within the Zoom online classroom or meeting. After the session has ended, the recording will render to the cloud. Zoom will notify the instructor (leader) of the session via email when the recording is available for playback and the email includes a shareable link for viewers. For more information about this option, please visit our Zoom Cloud Recording page. Please keep in mind that Zoom Cloud is not a permanent storage location. For long-term storage options, please consider Panopto or Google Drive.
  • Panopto – The Panopto service includes Canvas and Zoom integration, such as cloud recording storage and sharing capabilities, as well as editing options. Explore the features of this option by visiting the Panopto page.
  • Canvas Studio – Canvas Studio is available to students and faculty via Online@UT (Canvas). In Canvas Studio, users may upload media files and then share the files through a Canvas course. Instructors may also incorporate real time comments from students, add captioning, and review analytics on media files. For more information on please visit our Canvas Studio page.
  • YouTube – All UT faculty, staff, and students may engage a YouTube channel through Google Apps for Education. With this option, instructors may upload the MP4 to YouTube and also incorporate captioning of the audio with the MP4. After the MP4 is uploaded, instructors may paste a link to the MP4 into the Canvas site.
  • Additional Cloud Options – These options include Google Drive and Microsoft Office OneDrive for Business. In this scenario, the meeting leader may login to their Google Drive account, for example, and then upload the MP4. Next, generate a shareable link to the MP4 and then post that link into a Canvas site.
  • Send the MP4 – UT offers faculty, staff, and students a secure, large-file courier option called Vault. With Vault, meeting leaders may upload a MP4 and then send a notification email to recipients that a file is available for download. Recipients click a link and log in to Vault to download the MP4.

If you have any questions about storing and streaming MP4s, please feel free to contact us and we are happy to help.