Canvas - Zoom Integration Guide

This article provides information on using Zoom within Canvas at UW-Green Bay.

Related KBs:
Zoom - Service Overview
Canvas - Scheduling Zoom Meetings for Class Sessions
Canvas - Resolving Zoom Error "User does not exist"

Creating Your UW System Zoom Account:

It is recommended to create your UW System Zoom user account before using the Canvas integration. Zoom user accounts are created upon first sign-in to the UW System Zoom portal. To sign in:
  1. Go to
  2. Click Sign in
  3. Select UW-Green Bay as your organization and click Go
  4. Sign in with your UWGB email address and password and, if necessary, authenticate with Duo or Microsoft Multi-factor Authentication.
You may get a confirmation email or on-screen prompt asking you to activate your Zoom user account and/or switch it into the UW System Zoom account. If you had previously registered for a personal Zoom account using your "" email address, you are required to either switch your preexisting Zoom user account into the UW System Zoom account or change the email address used for your personal Zoom license. If you wish to keep your personal Zoom account separate from your UW System Zoom account, log into your personal Zoom account at and update the email address tied to that account so that the account is no longer associated with your UWGB email address. For information on the effects of moving an existing personal Zoom user account into the UW System Zoom account, please reference Zoom - Consolidating existing accounts to UW System.

Using the Canvas Zoom Integration

A Zoom link will be present in your Canvas course's course navigation menu. Click the Zoom link to access the Zoom integration to schedule video meetings, join previously scheduled meetings, and view cloud recordings that were created during meetings for that class.

Scheduling Meetings

Meetings scheduled by the course teacher with the Canvas Zoom integration will appear on the course calendar and on the student To Do list. To schedule a Zoom meeting for your class:
  1. Click the Zoom link in the course navigation menu.
  2. Click the Schedule a New Meeting button.
  3. Edit the Topic field to modify the title of the meeting. The topic will be used as the name of the event that is automatically created on the Canvas calendar and student To Do lists.
  4. Enter date, time, duration, and recurrence options.

    screenshot of the schedule meeting menu in the Zoom Canvas integration
  5. Adjust any other settings as needed, then click the Save button at the bottom of the page.
Please reference the following article for a detailed guide on scheduling Zoom meetings for your Canvas class: Canvas - Scheduling Zoom Meetings for Class Sessions

Joining Meetings

Follow these instructions to join a scheduled meeting:
  1. Click the Zoom link in the course navigation menu.
  2. In the Upcoming Meetings tab, click Start to start a meeting you have scheduled, or click Join to join a meeting that someone else has scheduled.
Users can also join meetings by clicking the join link in the Canvas course calendar event or anywhere else it has been shared; however, we recommend that teachers and other meeting hosts start their meeting through the Upcoming Meetings tab of the Canvas Zoom integration to ensure they are automatically signed in to their UW System Zoom user account and enter the meeting as the host.

Sharing Meeting Links

To give your students an additional way to access the meeting link, we recommend copying the meeting invitation and pasting it in a page in the introductory module of your course. You can also paste the meeting invitation in an email message to students or send it to guest speakers. Follow these steps to copy the meeting invitation for your scheduled meeting:
  1. Click the Zoom link in the course navigation menu.
  2. In the Upcoming Meetings tab, click the name of your meeting under “Topic”.
  3. In the “Invite Attendees” section, click Copy Meeting Invitation.
  4. In the meeting invitation window, click the Copy Meeting Invitation button to copy the invitation text.
  5. Share the meeting invitation with your students by pasting it in a page in the introductory module of your Canvas course and/or an email message to your students.
TIP: For scheduled recurring meetings, each meeting recurrence in the series uses the same join link. Attendees can use the same link to join each meeting in the recurring series.

Editing or Deleting Meetings

Follow these instructions to delete or edit a scheduled meeting:
  1. Click the Zoom link in the course navigation menu.
  2. In the Upcoming Meetings tab, click the name of the meeting.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the meeting information and click Delete this Meeting or Edit this Meeting.

View Recordings

In the Cloud Recordings tab of the Zoom integration, teachers and students can view the cloud recordings of meetings created with the Canvas integration. Course teachers must publish a recording in the Cloud Recordings tab before course students can view the recording. Cloud recordings are saved for 180 days and then deleted from the Zoom server. If you need to retain a meeting recording for longer than 180 days, you must download it before its expiration. Longer-term storage and sharing of a Zoom cloud recording can be achieved by uploading the downloaded video file to the UW System Kaltura service. By default, only teachers are given the option to download or delete videos. Perform the following steps to view a Zoom cloud recording in your course:
  1. Click the Zoom link in the course navigation menu.
  2. Click the Cloud Recordings tab.
  3. Teachers only: To allow students to view a meeting recording, click the Publish switch for that recording.
  4. Click the name of the meeting to open the recording and click the play button of the thumbnail for the video recording.
    screenshot of the play button for a zoom recording

NOTE: After a cloud recording has been stopped, it takes about twice the recording's duration for it to finish processing and become available to view.
NOTE: Teachers may encounter a "Download has been disabled by the administrator" error message when attempting to download Zoom recordings from the Canvas integration if they are not concurrently signed in to the UW System Zoom web portal. To work around this issue, sign in to web portal before attempting to download recordings.

View Reports for Previous Meetings

Meeting and Poll reports for concluded meetings can be viewed from the Previous Meetings tab of the Zoom Canvas integration. Click the Report link of a previous meeting's listing to view the following reports:
  • Meeting Report: Contains the times each user joined and left the meeting.
  • Poll Report: Contains responses given to any polls started during the meeting.

Personal Meeting Room

The Personal Meeting Room tab shows information for your personal meeting room. Each user will see their own personal meeting information when accessing this tab--this tab is simply a "shortcut" to that information. If you wish to use your personal meeting room for office hours, you can click Copy Meeting Invitation in this tab and share it with your students by pasting it in a Canvas course page. Your personal meeting room's join link is the same for all courses. You can also launch your personal meeting room from this tab by clicking the Start this Meeting button at the bottom of the page.