We are using August to learn how to manage ZOOM webinars, including the pre-registration and pre-event tools. We are also fine-tuning our management and presentation skills by running private practice presentations.

We will update this page with additional guidance and advice as our learning progresses.

Q:  Do I need to create a ZOOM account before I can attend (watch) a lecture?
Q:  No.
Q:  Do I need to install an application on my device before I can watch a lecture?
Q:  Yes. You can do so any time before the lecture's start time.

If ZOOM's free app is not already installed on your device, it will download automatically when, using your web browser, you try to "join", to use ZOOM's term, your first ZOOM meeting or webinar, no matter whose. Installation requires no input from you, takes little time, and does not require you to restart your device.

Nonetheless, we re­com­mend installing the app a few days before the lecture you want to watch, if only for your peace of mind. After the app has installed you'll use the app to "join" any ZOOM event, including ours.

The app is easily downloaded via Zoom's Download Centre (https://www.zoom.us/download).

  • for desktop devices: click "Zoom Client for Meetings" (1st item on the page)
  • for mobile devices: scroll down to "Zoom Mobile Apps" (6th item on the page)

Very Important:  Use the device on which you want the app installed when you browse to the ZOOM website to obtain the installer file. That's because the file you want to obtain must be one configured for your device type and operating system.

Q:  Is a video camera, either build-in or connected externally, required for watching the lectures on my device?
A:  No. Moreover, even if there is a video camera, you are not required to have it turned on while watching our lectures.

You can configure the ZOOM "client" app to turn off your camera when you are in the app's Join a Meeting screen.

Q:  Is a microphone, either build-in or connected externally, required for watching the lectures on my device or, during- or post-lecture, submitting a question to the presenter?
Q:  No. Questions for the presenter are submitted as typed text via the event's "Chat" tool. Moreover, any input from your microphone is automatically "muted" (disabled) by the host for the duration of the event.

You can configure the ZOOM "client" app to turn off your microphone when you are in the app's Join a Meeting screen.

Q:  Are speakers, either build-in or connected externally, required for listening to the lectures on my device?
Q:  Yes. (Note that our lectures are not streamed with sub-titles or closed captions.)