The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has standardized on Zoom Pro for a video teleconference (VTC) solution to support faculty, staff, and students. Every faculty, staff, and student has access to a Zoom Pro license and can use that license to schedule their own VTC sessions. If you are not familiar with Zoom Pro (, it is very similar to WebEx, but in many ways easier to use and more focused on education. The System Office IT team is in the process of integrating Zoom with Canvas and adding it to MyCamp portal. As the information on the level of integration becomes available we will share it with you. Here are some basic instructions for accessing Zoom. Please feel free to log in and experiment with Zoom and think about the many ways you might be able to use it to support both instruction and administrative needs. There are many possibilities.

  • Click on the ZOOM link:
  • Click on the setting button, and log in using your MyVCCS credentials.
  • That’s it!

Zoom Videos:

VCCS Authenticated Zoom Account

Scheduling a Meeting

Joining a Meeting

Sharing Your Screen

Recording a Zoom Meeting

More Zoom Instructional Videos can be found on YouTube

Zoom Student User Guide

Zoom Meeting set-up Best Practices to prevent Inappropriate Behavior or "Zoom-bombing"

  • Do NOT post your meeting info on any public platform (Facebook, Twitter, etc).
  • Disable “Join Before Host” so people can’t cause trouble before you arrive.
  • Enable “Co-Host” so you can assign others to help moderate.
  • Disable “File Transfer” so there’s no digital virus sharing.
  • Disable “Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin” so booted attendees can’t slip back in.

Additionally you may:

  • Enable "Waiting Room" so that you specifically allow users in
  • Enable the option to only allow authenticated users to join
  • Enable "Mute Participants on entry"

Due to storage limitations for Zoom cloud recordings, users may want to download and store any recorded Zoom meetings that they wish to retain.

Beginning Wednesday, September 1, 2021, System Office ITS will reconfigure ZOOM recording retention to automatically delete recordings older than 12 months.

What does this mean to you?

  • If you have ZOOM Cloud Recordings older than 12 months, they will be marked for deletion on September 1, 2021.
  • Future ZOOM Cloud Recordings will remain in your ZOOM account for 12 months, then they will be marked for deletion.
  • If you have ZOOM Cloud Recordings older than 12 months that you would like to keep, you need to download and store those recordings outside of ZOOM.

Here are some instructions on how to do so if you need to back up your Zoom cloud recordings.

Help is always right around the corner too.

  • Hoonuit has a ZOOM course that covers the basics and meetings. Simply log into MyVCCS, click on the Hoonuit icon and search for ZOOM.
  • ZOOM SUPPORT has some great information available at we recommend the getting started article and the meeting controls video.