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Introducing Zoom!

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

Watch the Zoom Brownbag session here!

titleZoom Security Best Practices

Discussing Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) such as FOUO, PII, PHI, etc. in Zoom or just concerned about Zoom's security? Follow the required and recommended Zoom Security Best Practices.

How to get started:



  • NPS Students and guests don't need an account to participate in or moderate a meeting. *Please note that if you have an existing Zoom account of your own or through another organization, you'll need to log out of that account to access your professor's lectures though the Sakai link in your course. Alternatively, you can have your professor or a fellow classmate give you the meeting link in order to join the meeting.
  • You can join any meeting using the Zoom client software or using a browser. However, to use your computer's audio system with a mic, you must be using Chrome. Please see the table below for feature limitations by browser. 
  • There are two ways to join a meeting
  • Downloadable Student Guide (pdf)

*Screensharing on Microsoft Edge requires Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. It is not supported on Windows 10 Home. If you are running Windows 10 Home and need to share your screen, we recommend using Chrome or Firefox.

Zoom FAQ

Q: Will my teacher be using Collaborate 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 Collaborate or Zoom connection?

A: You can call 831-656-2020 0700-1700 M-F and a tech will assist you with testing your connection, or go to the Collaborate wiki and use the NPS Collaborate Test Session to check your connection. For Zoom, please call the number above for assistance.

Q: Are personal orientations or guidance available for Sakai, Collaborate, 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