Extra Features Zoom - Divine Mercy University

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Go Beyond: Extra Features for Zoom Engagement


This feature allows you to collect reponses from your students for live classroom use. Click here to find out how to use this feature.

Breakout Rooms:

Breakout Rooms allow you to split your Zoom meeting in up to 50 separate sessions. You may choose to split the participants of the meeting into these separate sessions automatically or manually, and can switch between sessions at any time.

  • Breakout room participants have full audio, video and screen share capabilities
  • If the meeting is being cloud recorded, it will only record the main room, regardless of what room the meeting host is in. If local recording is being used, it will record the room the participant who is recording is in. Multiple participants can record locally.
  • Here is a video to learn how to set up and use breakout rooms: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206476093-Getting-Started-with-Breakout-Rooms

Non-verbal Feedback:

This feature allows meeting participants the ability to place an icon beside their name to communicate with the host and other participants without disrupting the flow of the meeting. For example, clicking Raise Hand places the raise hand icon beside your name to simulate a hand raise.

All participants can see the icons that everyone else has chosen. In addition, the host sees a summary of how many participants are displaying each icon, and has the option to remove all feedback.


Virtual Backgrounds:

The virtual background feature allows you to display an image or video as your background during a Zoom Meeting.  Learn more here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background

Sharing a Screen:

Zoom allows for screen sharing on desktop, tablet and mobile devices running Zoom.



The whiteboard feature will allow you to share a whiteboard that you and other participants (if allowed) can annotate on. Find out more here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/205677665-Sharing-a-whiteboard

Transcription of classroom sessions:

Use the Audio transcript option (under Cloud Recording) to automatically transcribe the audio of a meeting or webinar that you record to the cloud. After this transcript is processed, it appears as a separate .vtt text file in the list of recorded meetings. In addition, you have the option to display the transcript text within the video itself, similar to a closed caption display



The in-meeting chat/discussion feature allows you to send chat messages to other users within a classroom session. You can send a private message to an individual user or you can send a message to an entire group. As the host, you can choose who the participants can chat with or to disable chat entirely.

In-meeting chat can be saved manually or automatically. Auto-save chat will automatically save your in-meeting chat locally on your computer. You can also manually save your chat when you start local or cloud recording.



You can record your Zoom meeting or webinar locally to your computer or to the Zoom cloud since you are a licensed user. Files stored on the cloud can be accessed on your desktop or from the web. Locally recorded meetings and webinars can only be accessed on the computer that recorded the meeting. This article covers finding and viewing recordings from the Zoom client or the Zoom web portal.