Using Zoom Through Canvas


University of Michigan Zoom and Canvas Integration 

(Note: Webinars are not integrated into the Zoom for Canvas LTI)


How to schedule a Meeting in Zoom through the Canvas Zoom Tool


Important: When using Zoom through Canvas, your mail must be primary in Canvas Settings.  Using can cause access problems.

Note: If the Zoom tool is not listed in the list of tools on the left side of the Canvas site page, it must be enabled for the Canvas Site.

Enable Zoom in the Canvas site

More information in end user documentation:

Note: If the Zoom tool is listed already, you can start below with "Schedule a Meeting through Zoom in Canvas"

  • Click on Settings in the left NavBar
  • Click Navigation tab on the resulting page
  • Move Zoom from the list at the bottom (Disabled) to the top section (Enabled)
  • Click 'Save'

Schedule a Meeting through Zoom in Canvas

  • Click the Zoom tool in the Canvas Site.
    • The resulting page is similar to what you see on
  • Click on the 'Schedule a New Meeting' tab
  • The meeting options page will open up and allow you to set up your meeting. Note: The only difference from doing this here rather on the website, is that it will auto-fill in the meeting Topic (Name) with your Canvas Site Name. This can be changed if you prefer.
  • Fill in the rest of the data for the meeting
  • Click Save. The Meeting Details Page will display the information for the meeting you just scheduled.

Update:  Zoom DOES send out notifications to students through Canvas when a zoom meeting is scheduled in the tool (as of 3/24/20). The instructor will NOT need to send out an announcement about the meeting. If the Canvas site is Unpublished when the Zoom Meeting is scheduled with the Zoom Tool in Canvas, Canvas will NOT send out a notification to students. The Canvas site needs to be Published for this to happen.

Zoom Polling Option

Note: The poll option in Canvas requires a .csv file.

  • Download the .csv, then you can edit it or add to it. DO NOT change the format of the file page
  • When the .csv downloads you and open it, you can expand the columns so you can see everything better
  • There are two default questions and answer options already there
  • You can change the questions and answers, or add additional ones
  • Save the file as a .csv after editing it
  • Choose the 'Import CSV' button on the bottom of the page to import it
  • Once it is imported, you will see your questions listed
  • Click on the Poll Questions to see them
  • Scroll to the top of the page and click on 'Course Meetings' to see all of your scheduled meetings.

Additional Information

  • The Waiting Room feature allows the host to control when a participant joins the meeting.
    • As the meeting host, you can admit attendees one by one or hold all attendees in the waiting room and admit them all at once.
  • "Only authenticated users can join" means that the participants have to sign into Zoom.
  • "Breakout Room pre-assign" allows the instructor to create Break Out Rooms in the meeting, which will allow for the students to work in groups in the meeting together.
  • "Record the meeting automatically on the local computer" will automatically record the entire meeting from start to finish.
    • Automatic local recording will only start when the host joins from the Zoom desktop application.


Article ID: 194
Mon 4/20/20 8:07 AM
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