Zoom Video Conference Tool

Zoom is Middlebury’s official videoconference tool. You can use Zoom to digitally connect with individual students, whole classes, guest teachers, writers, and others. It’s simple to use, and accessible using your computer camera, a webcam, or your phone’s camera. You can also connect to any Zoom room via voice call. 

All Middlebury faculty, staff and students with a middlebury.edu or miis.edu account have access to Zoom. You can create a Zoom account for yourself at any time by visiting go/zoom (or, if you’re not in Vermont, go.middlebury.edu/zoom), clicking sign-in, and logging in with your Middlebury credentials.

Zoom meetings allow you to share slides from your desktop, create small group meeting rooms, and more.

Best Practices

These best practices are intended to make using Zoom more convenient for folks running standard meetings, and don’t necessarily apply to meetings which need an added level of security or control.

  • Wear headphones when connecting to a Zoom meeting from a computer.  Apple earbuds with the built-in microphone work particularly well.  Other recommended mics here.
  • Mute your microphone when you’re in a meeting and are listening to others.
  • Set your Personal Meeting ID (PMI) to your work phone number, set up a customized link.  PMI and Meeting ID explained here.
  • Use your Personal Meeting Room (PRM, uses your PMI) for as many meetings as you can.
  • Enable the “Join Before Host” feature in your PMR so that others can meet in your absence or tardiness, and so that you can join from a video conferencing system or telephone when necessary.
  • If recording a meeting, record a local MP4 to your computer.
  • If you use Outlook, schedule meetings using the Outlook Scheduling Plugin.


For more information about Zoom, visit the Digital Middlebury Zoom page. You can also view helpful tutorials in the Zoom Help Center. To ask a question, fill out and submit the form below.