Zoom is a web conferencing technology supported by Monash that allows you to host and record live online video sessions and meetings. Zoom Meetings can support up to 300 participants in a standard account, or up to 500 participants upon request to the Service desk.

Zoom can be used in a variety of teaching scenarios and provides an opportunity for students and educators to engage with each other in a live virtual environment. Using Zoom for virtual discussions promotes an active student-centered learning environment where students can collaborate and discuss, as well as give and receive instant feedback and/or reactions from you and fellow students.

Benefits to using Zoom

There are a number of benefits to using Zoom for your teaching:

  • Zoom allows for a two-way communication via video, audio and text chat
  • Participants in the session can also share their screens, annotate resources, take polls and split off into smaller breakout rooms
  • Zoom is easily accessible via laptop, desktop or smartphone giving students many ways to access the synchronous online session
  • Meetings can be set up and linked inside your Google calendar via a Zoom plugin or via the Zoom integration with Moodle.
  • Zoom sessions can be recorded and uploaded to Moodle
  • Recurring meeting for a weekly lecture or tutorial groups can be set up so that students only have one link to access the live session
  • Students can create their own Zoom meetings
  • Zoom has a number of security features to keep your sessions private and avoid uninvited guests

Zoom Webinars

Monash also has a small number of licenses available for Zoom Webinars. This format is usually used for didactic delivery with minimal interaction and no participant videos. If you require a Zoom webinar account, please contact the Service desk. To learn more about Zoom webinars, see the How-to on Zoom Webinars

It is advised that you also download the Zoom app on a Laptop/Desktop or Mobile device. This will give a more stable experience and some added features.

Education Performance Standards Framework

The Education Performance Standards identify the expectations of education practice at Monash – See the Education Performance Standards for more details.

Impact on student learning

Impact on educational knowledge

Impact on educational environment

Effective teaching and learning

Responsive program design

Student- centred orientation

Professional learning engagement

Pedagogical content knowledge

Education research performance

Education innovation

Education leadership



You could address these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you:

  • Demonstrated ability to use engaging, authentic and active approaches to teaching and learning, for example using breakout rooms in Zoom to create more active learning opportunities for students.
  • Demonstrated contributions to development of activities, units and courses in line with current best practices, for example create engaging online synchronous activities that can be done in Zoom
  • Demonstrated contributions to support positive student learning experiences in practice, for example create Zoom drop in sessions or schedule support meetings with your student to discuss feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to create or adapt teaching and learning approaches in line with new thinking and understanding, for example adapt teaching to a mixed online and in-person students cohort and make learning inclusive.

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Increasing interactive learning with technology

This MEA module provides examples and strategies about how to create more interactive learning activities using technologies.

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