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Zoom basics


Recording a class session or meeting should be done with intention.  Before you record consider the following questions: 

  • What is the purpose of the recording? 
  • Who are you recording it for?
  • How long will you need the recording? 
  • Will the recording be reused?  
  • Does the recording need to be made available by Kaltura within D2L? 
  • Have you  provided adequate notice that recording will occur.

The Privacy and Online Teaching guide provides more detail on the various consideration when recording class.  

Cloud or Local Recording

Zoom provides several options for recording. You can record either to the Zoom cloud (located in Canada) or to your computer  (local recording). You can allow meeting attendees to record locally to their computer.   You have a number of options about the specifics of the recording, including  whether the recording is an audio file only, which video feed is included, and whether or not chat is included.  

If the session recording is going to be available for all students, recording to the Cloud is the best option.  You have the option in your account settings to automatically record every meeting, however it's more likely you will initiate the recording once your class or meeting has started.  As a host, you will see the record button within your meeting controls. 

If you prefer not to manage the recordings, you can choose to allow students to record to their own computer through the Local Recordings option. 

For more detailed information see:  Zoom Help Centre 

Cloud Recording (Zoom Help Centre)

Managing and sharing cloud recordings (Zoom Help Centre)


Accessing recordings

Cloud recordings of classes or meeting can be accessed from the Recordings link when you log-in to the Camosun Zoom portal 

When your class or meeting has ended, it will take from 2 to 15 minutes for your recording to be processed.  All session recordings you have made are available, you can locate recordings by date or by searching by the topic you defined.   

For each recording you can make specific choices: 

  • Make sure it's only available to authenticated users
  • You can set an expiry date 
  • Whether you will permit a student to download a recording.  It's unlikely you would grant this permission. 

Once you have determined your choices you can copy the sharing information and post the link to your D2L course site or share the link by email to the attendees.