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VMI Canvas Options for Distance Learning

Using Zoom

Tool How to and Additional Resources

Zoom is a free tool not purchased or formally supported by VMI. However, Zoom is providing free conferencing tools during the Corona Virus pandemic. It is very easy and reliable for synchronous and asynchronous video.

Go to and create an account using your VMI email address.

From home, download their software and at work, you can use their web platform. When you login on their web platform, you will use the join, schedule, and host features on the top-right hand corner.


1. Create an account

2. Use web platform or download software

3. Schedule your meeting

4. Send an invitation to cadets

5. Start your meeting.

6. Record your meeting.

When cadets join your meeting, they will download the Zoom app or use their web browser. They can do this on computers, laptops, and/or mobile devices.




Zoom Features

Chat, Screen Sharing, Whiteboards, and Breakout Rooms.

The image below shows the icons you click on at the bottom of your Zoom screen to:

Open the chat box so cadets can chat comments and questions during your synchronous lecture
‚ÄčCreate breakout rooms for cadets during synchronous sessions.

Share your your screen (for PowerPoints, etc. or make/share a whiteboard


Breakout Room instructions:

See Zoom Instructions at 

BUT in short:

  1. IMPORTANT: Enable Breakout Rooms for you account so the icon appears in your Zoom meetings:
    1. In the navigation menu, click Settings (if you are an account member) under Personal.
    2. Navigate  way down to the Breakout Room option on the Meeting tab and verify that the setting is enabled.
    3. If the setting is disabled, click the toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.
  2. You can let Zoom select your cadets randomly for Breakout Rooms or do it manually.


    1. Breakout room participants have full audio, video, and screen share capabilities.