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Introducing Zoom for Government!

Zoom is a cloud video conferencing tool that works from either an installed client or from within your browser.

Zoom Security Best Practices

Discussing Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) such as FOUO, PII, PHI, etc. is NOT authorized in Zoom for Government. Follow the required and recommended Zoom for Government (ZfG) Security Best Practices

Virtually indistinguishable from Zoom for Education, Zoom for Government (ZfG) is consistently reliable and secure

The first step in Using ZfG

ZfG will not immediately have an interface with Sakai, so these steps will help you communicate your meetings and recordings with your students

Zoom for Government works best if it's updated regularly

How to get started:



  • NPS Students and guests don't need an account to participate in or moderate a meeting. All you need to participate is the meeting ID and passcode.

For a detailed list of features across browser and operating systems, please visit

Zoom FAQ

Q: Will my teacher be using Teams or Zoom for my DL course?

A: Video conference tool use is left up to the instructor’s discretion. They will let you know how to proceed to connect to your lecture sessions.

Q: How can I test my  Zoom connection?

A: You can call 831-656-2020 0700-1700 M-F and a tech will assist you with testing your connection

Q: Are personal orientations or guidance available for Sakai or Zoom?

A: Yes, please email us at or call us at 831-656-2020, 0700-1700 M-F to set up a time to meet with one of our techs.

Q: Do I need to download any software to use Zoom?

A:  For Zoom, no software is required for students, but audio and video functionality aren’t available in Internet Explorer with the browser-based version.

 Q: What are the hardware and software requirements for these tools?


-       OS - Any Windows or Macintosh computer can work with Zoom as long as you have a stable network connection. We don’t recommend or support IOS or Chrome OS, including iPad, iPhone, Android, or Chromebooks. While many people have success using those, we have found that the results are inconsistent at best in our tests.

-       Hardware - Your Instructor will most likely require a microphone and camera

-       Browsers - We recommend the Chrome browser if you need to connect to Zoom through your browser. Internet Explorer and Firefox don't allow you to connect your audio through your computer and you'll need to connect using a phone for audio connection.

Q: How can I get more help with Sakai, Collaborate, or Zoom?

A: The CLE Helpdesk is available at 831-656-2020, 0700-1700 M-F, or you can email

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