Guide for Remote Teaching

UCLA Health faculty can leverage Zoom—a secure, web-based video conferencing system licensed by UCLA Health—to create virtual learning environments for effective remote teaching.



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Get Help 

For Zoom support, visit IT Connect or email us at

Access Zoom for the First Time

Any member of the UCLA Health community with a Mednet account may use Zoom to join, host, and schedule meetings. 

To get started: 

The web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting.

Visit our download center to manually download the web browser client and get other useful plugins. 

Visit Download Center

For even more details, please see:

Host a Meeting 

  • Visit
  • sign in with your Mednet username
  • Click the “Host” button.
  • Open the Zoom meetings app.
  • Connect audio.
  • Invite participants.

Check out these videos to learn how to make your events run smoothly: 


Join a Meeting 

Simply click on the link provided by the meeting host, launch the Zoom meetings app, and connect your audio. You can run Zoom audio through your phone or your computer.

  • Users, including students and colleagues, do not need their own Zoom accounts to participate in meetings 
  • 300 users may join a single event

Zoom Teaching Best Practices

These best practices will help you leverage Zoom for remote teaching. 


General tips

  • Make sure your Zoom client is up-to-date. Check for updates regularly.
  • Turn your camera on and keep it at eye level.
  • Make sure you are in a quiet and well-lit space.
  • Use a headset microphone for best audio
  • Mute your microphone unless you’re talking to reduce background noise.
  • Try to sit with a solid wall behind you.
  • If you see a warning about an "unstable internet connection,” you may need to turn your camera off to improve quality.
  • If you are sharing your screen, quit all unnecessary applications. Participants may see alerts from incoming messages


Zoom Teaching FAQs

How do I manage questions from participants?


Nonverbal Feedback Tools 

Use this feature →

  • If there are a large number of participants in your class, it may be advisable to have the participants “raise their hand” using Nonverbal Feedback tools.
  • This allows the instructor to call on a user and avoid multiple speakers coming off of mute and speaking over one another.

In-Meeting Chat 

Use this feature →

  • You may also use Zoom's chat functionality to address questions without disrupting your presentation.
What meeting settings do you recommend? 


We recommend enabling the following settings when creating your meeting: 

  • Mute participants upon entry to avoid unwanted background noise. 
  • Record the meeting automatically on the local computer. When you conclude the sessionZoom will save a video of your session to your local computer. Upload the video to Panopto, Box, or another distribution system to share with learners.

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How do I mute and unmute participants when it's time for discussion and questions? 


When you “mute participants on entry,” you'll have to take action when the time comes to take questions or have open discussions. 

  • Invite learners to unmute themselves. If you're hosting a small group activity, you may need to remind the participants to unmute themselves before speaking.
  • Manually unmute your participants. As the host, you also have the ability to mute and unmute any of the participants one-by-one or all at once.
    • View the participant list to mute/unmute all participants or select specific individuals to mute/unmute.

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How can I best manage a mix of remote and in-person users?


Use Rooms Equipped with Integrated Audio

For a complete list of spaces which can accommodate this in Geffen Hall and CHS, please see this list.

If some of your participants are meeting on site and some of your participants are meeting remotely, we recommend using rooms in which the in-room computer is connected to the integrated audio and video of the space.

Additional tips: 

  • Host the meeting from the in-room computer
  • Use the in-room audio instead of a personal laptop 
  • Connect only one device in the in-person meeting room to audio to avoid feedback or an echo. Please see the Audio Echo in a Meeting guide for more details. 


What additional Zoom features work well for lessons? 



Use this feature 

Zoom has a basic polling feature which can be used to ask all of the participants one or more multiple choice questions.


Breakout Rooms

Use this feature 

Breakout rooms can be leveraged to split your meeting into smaller group sections and then rejoin the main group.