Zoom – Quercus Integration

What Can I Use It For?

This page refers to the new Zoom-Quercus Integration.
Please view the Zoom page to read information on the Zoom desktop client, mobile app or web portal.

Zoom is a cloud-based video communications tool that allows you to set up virtual video and audio conferencing, webinars, live chats, screen-sharing, and other collaborative capabilities. The new Zoom-Quercus Integration provides the ability for instructors and students to use Zoom directly within their Quercus course.

Special Notes

Changes coming to Zoom Recordings Protocol for Undergraduate Students

There will be an update to the recording protocol on Zoom’s video conferencing and webinar service that may affect undergraduate students’ existing recordings saved to the Zoom Cloud and how undergraduate students can save future recordings.

Effective May 1, undergraduate students will no longer be able to save their recordings to the Zoom cloud storage. Additionally, the 365-Day Retention Protocol will still be in effect for all recordings saved to the Zoom cloud prior to May 1, 2023. All recordings made prior to May 1, 2023 will only be held in the Zoom Cloud for 365 days starting from their recording date.

Undergraduate students will continue to be able to save their recordings to their local device (e.g. computer) but not to the Zoom cloud storage. For more information on how to record locally, visit the ‘Recording a Zoom Meeting’ section in this Zoom Tool Guide.

Undergraduate students who want to preserve Zoom videos recorded prior to May 1 should download their content from the Zoom cloud onto alternate storage. This can include local or network storage, Microsoft OneDrive and MyMedia Hosting and Sharing. Visit the ‘Download and Host Zoom Recordings’ section of this Zoom Tool Guide page for instructions.


Note for First Time Users of the Zoom-Quercus Integration

In order for instructors to use the Zoom-Quercus Integration, they must first sign in to the Zoom Portal using their University of Toronto SSO – Single Sign On, NOT an email address. This should be a one-time requirement and subsequently you will be able to use the Zoom-Quercus Integration without logging in to the portal again. Please refer to the Alternative Hosts section regarding adding TAs and other hosts.


365-day Zoom Cloud Recordings Retention Protocol

U of T has a 365-day retention protocol on Zoom recordings video-conferencing and webinar service that may affect your existing recordings saved to the Zoom Cloud.  View the Academic, Research & Collaborative Technologies (ARC) site External Link icon for more information.

Best Practices: Meetings should be managed/edited using the tool you used to create the meeting. Using the Zoom app to edit a meeting created in the integration, or the integration to edit a meeting created using the Zoom app, may cause unintended issues.

Long distance charges may apply if you are joining the session using a telephone and if you are using the Telephone Audio option. It is recommended that you only use computer audio for Zoom.

Capacity: An Instructor/teaching assistant can host meetings with unlimited minutes for up to 300 participants.


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Connect & communicate / Teach from a distance
Typical course activity format:
Synchronous or asynchronous
Quercus integration
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How to Get Started

Zoom is a cloud-based video communications tool that allows you to set up virtual video and audio conferencing, webinars, live chats, screen-sharing, and other collaborative capabilities.

As of August 2022, Quercus offers the ability for instructors and students to connect directly within their Quercus course using a new integration.
For the Zoom web portal, please consult the Zoom tool guide. 


  • Add Zoom to your Navigation Menu

    Add Zoom to your Navigation Bar

    Instructors need to set up the Zoom integration feature by adding the Zoom tab to the navigation bar.

    1. Go to “Settings”.
    2. Select the “Navigation” tab.
    3. Scroll down the list of apps until you see “Zoom”.
    4. Drag “Zoom” up from the list of hidden navigation items to the list of visible navigation items in the top half of the list.
    5. Remember to select Save at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
  • Instructor or Alternative Host Set-Up (First time use)

    Instructor or Alternative Host Set-Up

    These instructions apply to using the Zoom-Quercus Integration for the first time. You will need to log in using the SSO (Single-Sign-On) option –NOT email – in order to access pro features and the new integration.

    1. Log in to the Zoom Portal using your U of T SSO – Single Sign-On. This will give you access to the Pro features.
      Zoom sign-in showing the SSO button with a red border.
      Select the SSO button.
      Sign in with SSO field showing utoronto.zoom.us as the choice. Select Continue button.
      Choose utoronto as your company.
      Log in with your UTORid and password.
    2. Go to your Zoom-Quercus Integration in your course and log in.
    3. You should now be able to create your meetings and access your recordings through the integration.
  • Zoom - Quercus Integration

    Zoom can integrate directly into Quercus, making it easier for instructors to set meetings and for students to attend, directly from a course. To use the Zoom integration in Quercus, navigate to the Zoom option in your Course Navigation bar.  Zoom will use instructor and student UTORids to log in.

    Zoom will launch in a new tab during a computer session. If students are on a mobile device, they will need pre-load the Zoom app call in via phone.

  • Setting up a Meeting or Class

    Set up a Meeting or Class

    Instructors can create one-time or recurring meetings in Zoom.

    Meetings can be scheduled from a Quercus course. To set up a meeting in the Zoom application, refer to  Zoom desktop or mobile application

    To set up a new meeting, select Schedule a New Meeting and configure settings.

    Schedule a New Meeting button   A single, reusable class link will be assigned. The link will not need updating for subsequent sessions. Zoom session links can be added to course, Announcements, Modules or in your course Calendar.

  • Set Meeting Details

    Set Meeting Details

    1. Fill in details for your meeting.
      Zoom Meeting Topic

    2. Fill in time zone and date and time information.
      Meeting name and times

      • Select the date, time, and duration of your class.
      • Select the Eastern Time Zone (GMT -4:00_ for Toronto.
      • Check the Recurring Meeting checkbox for regular, reoccuring classes, office hours, or tutorial sessions.
      • Select the recurrence, repeat interval, and day of the week.
        Zoom time and date information
    3. Use a Password to help prevent unauthorized participants.
    4. The Waiting Room is enabled by default. The Waiting Room is a virtual area that stops your participants from joining until you admit them. You may wish to keep this checked if you have a smaller class and you or the co-host (typically your TA) can monitor the room to admit late students or students who need to reconnect. You can disable the waiting room once you start the lecture.
    5. Check “Automatically record meeting and choose the location to store your recording. Recording can be initiated during the meeting, as well. Note that Zoom recordings are stored for 120 days and then deleted. You may wish to record directly to your local computer.
    6. Autosave your session chat External Link icon under the Meetings tab. Only public messages will be saved. If you save the chat to your local computer, messages sent to you will also be saved.
    7. Save your changes.
      Save changes


  • Start a Meeting

    Start a Meeting

    1. Go to Zoom on your Navigation Bar.
    2. Select the Upcoming Meetings Tab.
      Upcoming Meeting Tab
    3. Find the meeting that you want to initiate and click the Start meeting button
  • Alternate Hosts

    Alternate Hosts

    NOTE: Anyone acting as an alternative host will  need to log in through the Zoom Web Portal prior to using the Zoom-Quercus Integration, using the same UofT credentials for both.

    The instructor setting up the meeting can add alternative hosts to Zoom.

    1. Open Scheduled Meetings tab.
    2. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page.
    3. Under Alternative Hosts, add anyone licensed in the same account as yours using the drop-down menu.If you don’t see their name, ask them to log in through the Zoom Web portal using their UofT credentials. While manual emails can be added, it is better to follow this procedure.
  • Join a Meeting

    Join a Meeting

    Students can join a meeting from a link from their Announcements, Modules, or Course Calendar. Students can also select the Zoom link in their Course Navigation to access Upcoming Meetings.  They can click on Join Meeting to join the meeting.

  • Zoom Features and Captioning

    Zoom Features and Captioning

    Refer to Zoom documentation for information on using the following Zoom features during a meeting: Share screen, Whiteboard, Annotations, Chat, Q&A, Non-verbal Feedback, Polling, and Breakout Rooms.

    The documentation will also cover Captioning in Zoom.

  • Recording a Meeting

    Recording a Zoom Meeting

    Zoom meetings can be recorded locally to your computer device and to Zoom cloud. Refer to Zoom for more information.

    Note that recordings saved to Zoom Cloud must be downloaded within 120 days of recording and saved to your local computer, MS Stream, or MyMedia.

    To view a recording:

    1. Select Zoom in your Navigation Bar.
    2. Select the My Recordings tab to see a list of your recordings.
    3. New recordings will need to finish being processed before they are displayed.
    4. Select recordings to play, share, or download.
    5. Recordings  can be Published or Unpublished, if you don’t want them to be visible.
  • Access Recordings

    Access Recordings

    1. Select Zoom in the Course Navigation bar.
    2. Select the Cloud Recordings tab.
    3. Find the desired recording. You can also search using date, ID, or topic filters.
    4. Download recordings as desired. The following file types are available:
      • Shared screen with speaker view: MP4 file with audio and video showing both active speaker view and shared content
        (recommended format to use).
      • Speaker view: MP4 file with audio and video showing the active speaker view only.
      • Shared Screen: MP4 file with audio and video showing the shared screen only.
      • Audio only: M4A file with a recording of the audio.
      • Audio transcript: VTT file with a transcript of the audio only.
      • Closed Caption File: can be uploaded to a hosting option to provide closed captions.
    5. To download individual files, select the recording name.
      You will see the option to download the following files. See the chart, underneath for details on each type of downloadable file.

    Access recordings from Recordings Tab



  • Zoom EDU: Scheduling in Canvas

    A walk-through of the new Zoom – Quercus (Canvas) integration.

Security Considerations

When setting up a meeting, keep the Passcode enabled; this will help keep out unauthorized participants.

Last Modified:

15 February, 2023

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