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The university has purchased an educational site license of Zoom and all NIU faculty now have access to use Zoom for their teaching. While Microsoft Teams remains the primary collaboration tool for the university, Zoom is now also available as another alternative synchronous collaboration tool for use in NIU's instructional environment. To learn more about use of Zoom and to get started, please see the available resources and answers to frequently asked questions available below.

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Getting Started - Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use Zoom?

NIU has purchased an educational site license of Zoom and has enabled access for all faculty to use for educational purposes. Microsoft Teams remains the primary collaboration tool for the university.

Will Zoom be available for all faculty, staff and students?

No. Our educational site license permits only those with course teaching responsibilities (faculty, instructors, teaching assistants) to have access to create meetings. Staff and students will not have access to create or manage Zoom meetings. Anyone however can attend a Zoom meeting.

Microsoft Teams remains the primary collaboration tool for the university.

I’m a faculty member and would like to use Zoom. How do I receive access?

All NIU faculty already have access! All you need to do is login to Zoom at https://niu-edu.zoom.us using your NIU Account ID (example: A123456@mail.niu.edu) and password to login where prompted, just like you would to login to Blackboard or Microsoft O365. If you previously had a personal Zoom account using your NIU email address, you'll be prompted to change the email address of your personal license to a non-NIU.edu email address.

I logged into Zoom but am unsure whether I am using my personal account or the university's site license. How do I know if I'm logged in using the university's site license?

In order to use Zoom with NIU's educational site license you must login to NIU's Zoom login URL: niu-edu.zoom.us and enter your NIU email addres (example: a123456@mail.niu.edu) and your Account ID password, like you use for logging into Blackboard or Microsoft O365. Moving forward, you should always login to Zoom using this NIU Zoom login URL. You can find a "Login to Zoom" button prominently on NIU Zoom support pages if your forget this URL.

How do I login to the Zoom app using my new NIU Zoom faculty account?

To login to your NIU Zoom account on the Zoom app, do the following:

  1. On the Zoom app, logout of your personal account.
  2. On the Zoom app, click Sign in
  3. Click Sign In with SSO
  4. In the "Your Company Domain" field, enter https://niu-edu so that the domain listed in the signin box is https://niu-edu.zoom.us
    https://niu-edu listed in Your Company Domain field
  5. enter your AID (ie: a123456@mail.niu.edu) and password when prompted and submit

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