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Zoom Glossary

Alternative host
Alternative host is a role in Zoom meetings that can be assigned to another person by the main host while setting up a meeting. Alternative hosts share the same controls as co-hosts, but can also start the meetings. However, when alternative hosts join a meeting they are displayed as co-hosts. When setting up your Zoom meeting in Moodle, the alternative hosts are auto-populated based on who your co-teachers are in a module, without having to add them manually.
Breakout rooms
Breakout rooms allow you to split your Zoom meeting in up to 50 separate sessions. The meeting host can choose to split the participants of the meeting into these separate sessions automatically or manually, and can switch between sessions at any time. Only the host can assign participants to breakout rooms. During breakout rooms, only the main room is recorded, regardless of what room the meeting host is in. Learn more about breakout rooms.
Zoom client is the desktop application that you can download and install on your computer (without needing admin rights) so you can participate in Zoom meetings. It offers more functionality than joining a meeting using your browser. If you have the client installed and you click on a Zoom meeting link, the client will open automatically. The Zoom client is also installed in our teaching rooms.
Cloud recording
Cloud recordings are recorded versions of your Zoom meetings and include video, audio, and captions. Cloud recordings start automatically when you start or join a meeting and are sent to the host after they have ended the meeting for all participants. Recordings are accessible via Panopto, our video library platform, where they are stored permanently. They can be edited and accept machine-generated captions. See the workflow of a cloud recording from the moment the meeting ends and until module leaders makes them available to students in Moodle. Read the Recording Teaching & Academic Contact Sessions Policy at Oxford Brookes.
Co-host is a role in Zoom meetings that allows the host to share hosting privileges with another user. Hosts can assign co-host privileges to participants so they can help with the administrative side of the meeting, such as managing participants or starting/stopping the recording. Only the host can assign a co-host. There is no limitation on the number of co-hosts you can have in a meeting or webinar. Learn more about co-hosts.
Guests in Zoom meetings are external people, without a Brookes account, that you have shared the meeting URL with and have joined your meeting.
Host of a Zoom meeting is the person that sets up the meeting. Hosts have full permissions to manage the meeting and can only be one per meeting.
Zoom LTI is the name of the activity that you can add to your Moodle course and set up your meetings. You only need to have one Zoom LTI activity in your module.
Zoom meetings are video conferencing meetings that are hosted using Zoom. You can set them up in your Moodle course and start the meetings from anywhere using a microphone and webcam.
Participants in Zoom are students and other users who joining your meeting but have no hosting privileges. In a meeting, participants can be restricted from sharing their video, screen, and audio.
Your Zoom profile is accessible via brookes.zoom.us and gives you access to settings that you can enable for your Zoom meetings. Features such as breakout rooms, polls, waiting room, whiteboard need to be enabled in your Zoom profile before you can use them in a meeting.
Recurring meeting
Recurring meetings are Zoom meetings that can be set up once and create multiple occurrences automatically for you. Each occurrence uses the same meeting link and settings. Using recurring meetings can result in a large number of links for students to wade through to find the link relevant to their set and may cause confusion.
Zoom Rooms are physical rooms that have video conferencing capabilities using hardware made by the company behind Zoom.
Waiting room
It’s a feature in Zoom meetings that allows the host to control when a participant joins the meeting. As the meeting host, you can admit attendees one by one, or hold all attendees in the waiting room and admit them all at once. You can send all participants to the waiting room when joining your meeting, or you can allow participants from your Zoom account to bypass the waiting room. If the waiting room option is enabled, join before host will not work for that meeting.
Zoom webinars is a view-only platform where the attendees cannot see each other, and the host cannot see the attendees. While Zoom meetings are designed to be a collaborative event with all participants being able to screen share, turn on their video and audio, and see who else is in attendance, Zoom webinars are designed so that the host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio and screen, but with view-only attendees (as opposed to participants in Zoom meetings). Attendees have the ability to interact via Q&A, Chat, and answering polling questions. See a meeting/webinar comparison.
The whiteboard feature in Zoom allows you to share a whiteboard (i.e. a white screen) that you and other participants (if allowed) can annotate on. To start the whiteboard, click Share Screen from the bottom of the Zoom window and choose Whiteboard. The whiteboard recording will also be captured by Panopto and will be available for hosts to edit if they wish to do so.

Updated on December 18, 2022

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