Zoom can be integrated into your Moodle course to make it easy to set up a one time or recurring Zoom session for your class.  By adding the "Zoom Meeting" activity to a course, students and instructors can click on a link in Moodle and enter the course Zoom session.  Follow the steps below to get started.

Add a Zoom Meeting

  1. Click the Edit Mode button to turn editing on

    red edit mode toggle button at the top right of Moodle page

  2. Choose which section you want to add Zoom to and select the "Add Activity or Resource" button.

    Add an activity or resource button listed underneath an External tool and Questionnaire activity in Moodle

  3. Select Zoom Meeting.

    A list of all the different activity and resource tools available in Moodle with the Zoom activity highlighted and outlined in a red box.

  4. Fill out the required settings including the topic, date and time of your Zoom meeting. 

    Several text boxes asking for Zoom meeting details

  5. When finished configuring your settings select Save and Return to Course.

    Save and Return to Course button highlighted

  6. The Zoom Meeting activity will then show up in the section you selected.

    Green Zoom meeting icon activity highlighted

  7. Click on the Zoom Meeting activity to see your saved settings. Click the Green Start Meeting button to begin the meeting. Your students will see a similar button that says, "Join Meeting." However, you can copy and past the Join Link URL to share with others outside your Moodle course.

    Moodle Zoom meeting green start meeting button and Zoom meeting URL link highlighted

Additional Information


Join Meeting before host: we recommend this be turned off, especially if recording the meeting.  If turned on, students can start the meeting at any time.  If recording is enabled it will start, even if students are just testing the link.

The Moodle Zoom settings include only a few options.  To see all available options, create the Zoom Moodle activity as specified above and then log into swarthmore.zoom.us and click on Meetings.  The Moodle course Zoom meeting will show up.  Editing this meeting will allow you to adjust all the available Zoom settings.

Recording the Meetings and Sharing with Students

It is possible to use Panopto, Swarthmore's lecture capture system, to save the videos and automatically publish them to Moodle.