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Admitting Guests and Guest Speakers into a Zoom Meeting

NOTE: To improve the security of online courses, all UT Zoom meetings will now only allow UT licensed Zoom accounts into the meeting unless you follow the steps below to manually admit a guest. Please ensure that your students are joining class from their UT Zoom Account. If they have any questions please direct them to Zoom Sign-in Verification

Pre-Requisites

You can only allow UT Zoom users or other registered Zoom users into meetings. Make sure that your guest speaker has signed up for at least a free Zoom account prior to attempting to join a UT meeting/class.  If they do not have an account ask them create a free one at https://zoom.us

Admitting Guests to a Zoom Meeting Scheduled in Canvas

Note: If this method fails you can always have the guest speaker call into the meeting using the phone number included in the Zoom meeting invitation email

Steps to admit a guest or guest speaker who does not have a UT licensed Zoom account into a meeting:

  1. First make sure that your guest has a Zoom account and is signed into Zoom
  2. To admit a guest into a meeting that you have previously scheduled in Canvas you must first edit the “Meeting Options” for your Zoom meeting through the Zoom web portal
  3. Sign into https://utexas.zoom.us  and locate the meeting that you would like to admit guests to
  4. Select “Edit this Meeting”
    Note: Please ensure that you are editing your meeting settings and not the individual user profile settings
  5. If prompted to edit this or all meetings, you need to select all. After this particular meeting is done, you may change it back to UT Austin. You cannot change this setting for one session of a reoccurring meeting
     
     
  6. In the “Meeting Options” section click the drop down box under “Only authenticated users can join” and select “Sign in to Zoom (Guest)”


  7. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save


  8. After you have begun the Meeting any guest participants will be placed in the Waiting Room and you will need to manually admit them to the meeting through the Manage Participants window

Admitting Guests to a Zoom Meeting Scheduled in Zoom Web Portal

You may also enable a non-UT licensed Zoom account holder to be admitted into a meeting that is scheduled directly in the Zoom web portal 

  1. First make sure that your guest has a Zoom account and is signed into Zoom. If they do not have an account have them create one at https://zoom.us
  2. Sign in to https://utexas.zoom.us
  3. Schedule your new meeting and in the “Meeting Options” menu change the option under “Only authenticated users can join” to “Sign in to Zoom” (as in images above)
  4. After you have begun the Meeting any guest participants will be placed in the Waiting Room and you will need to manually admit them to the meeting through the Manage Participants window



Do You Need to Make Your Guest Speaker a "Co-Host"?

  • Not necessarily.  If you only need them to share their screen to display slides or even utilize the whiteboard for annotation, they can do that by default as a "Participant".  The only value of being the co-host is that you can do things like mute/unmute people, lower hands that are raised, or even remove people from the class.  Consider whether you even want to put the management of the class on the guest or if you or your TA should manage calling on people and muting microphones.  
  • Only consider making people who help manage the class (e.g. chat monitor, TA) a co-host.  
  • Also if you think you aren't able to attend a class that has a guest speaker, then you can set them, your teaching backup, or a TA up as an alternative host which will allow them to start the meeting without you.  This feature is at the bottom of the Schedule a Meeting page in Canvas.  See below.



Troubleshooting: Guest Speaker's Camera & Mic Doesn't Work

  • When the guest arrives, it's possible (especially for Mac users) that when they try to use their mic or camera, it doesn't work or prompts them to enable the mic/camera


If your guest gets this, click on Go To Settings button

Check the zoom.us.app to allow Microphone or Camerica to be accessible by ZoomGuests will be forced to quit the Zoom app and log back into the session before these changes take effect.

  • KEY TIP: Practice before the class, having your guest login to a meeting, test their mic, camera, and ability to share their screen.



Troubleshooting: Guest Speaker Can't Share Their Screen

  • This is usually due to security protection built into Macs. If your guest runs into this issue they may need to give Zoom permission to access their screen.


When the guest tries to share their desktop to show slides they may get prompted to open their system preferences. Have them do so

Guest will need to check the zoom.us.app to grant access to Zoom and then will need to quit the Zoom app and log back into the session before these changes take effect.

Lastly they may also have to Open System Preferences to approve Zoom to record their session. Again, have guest open system pref and do this.


  • KEY TIP: Practice before the class, having your guest login to a meeting, test their mic, camera, and ability to share their screen.



Still need help? 

For McCombs faculty, please contact Media Services via email or phone:

Email VC-Trouble@mccombs.utexas.edu

Call 512-232-6679 (GSB/CBA) and 512-232-4646 (RRH)

For all other UT faculty, please contact your respective college or school



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