We will update this page with additional guidance and advice as our experience with Zoom webinars increases.

Q:  Do I need to create a ZOOM account before I can attend (watch) a lecture?
A:  No.
Q:  Do I need to install an application on my device before I can watch a lecture?
A:  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. (Unlike with a Zoom Meeting, a Zoom webinar is configured by default to block any video signals coming from audience members' devices.)

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 for the presenter?
A:  No. Input from your microphone is automatically "muted" (disabled) by the host for the duration of the event. Questions for the presenter are submitted as typed text via the event's "Q&A" tool. (The "Chat" tool can also be used but we ask attendees to reserve the Chat tool for questions that require a response from our Technical Host. That said, however, the Q&A Moderator will watch the Chat feed too, so don't worry if you accidentally submit a question for the presenter via Chat.)

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?
A:  Yes. (Note that our lectures are not streamed with sub-titles or closed captions.)
Q:  My pc/tablet/smartphone is running a version of Apple's operating system (OS X 10, macOS 10). The webinar is being broadcast; I can hear the Meeting Host and/or Presenter talking — but my device is not displaying the video feed or has just stopped displaying the video feed! What should I do to obtain the video?
A:  Our go-to Apple expert tells us that the easiest and quickest solution is to close everything (running apps) and "Re-start" your device. Doing so should release certain processes back to the operating system, which can then share them with the Zoom app when you next try to log in to our webinar. (We're told that this is a not uncommon scenario for those who watch Zoom meetings or Zoom webinars on an Apple device.)