Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is the platform the university encourages instructors to use for online course meetings. Be sure to follow these best practice guidelines. We are aware that many instructors are using Zoom. Be aware that many security issues have been reported with Zoom, which is not supported by the university at this time. If you choose to use Zoom, please follow these guidelines:
- Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
- Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
- Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.” If screensharing is needed by another individual (ex. Presentations), only provide that permission to the individual for that specific time period.
- Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. A recent update to the Zoom software, for example, both removed vulnerabilities in the application and enhanced the software with additional security features.
Other IT security tips for remote environments can be found on the DoIT website.