Prior to joining the Zoom meeting, please make sure you have installed the Zoom desktop application. Zoom functions best with the application installed, but the meeting can also be accessed through your computer using your web browser, but this is not recommended as you will have limited features.

Upon clicking the meeting link that we send to you for the upcoming workshop, Zoom will automatically install the application for you. After it is installed, all you need to do is click the meeting link again, and it will reopen the meeting using the desktop application.

For an optimal Zoom experience, we suggest that you participate in these workshops using your computer, instead of a mobile device. If you have no other choice but to use your phone for the workshop, you can download the phone app. You can find the application in the app store (ZOOM Cloud Meetings) or you can click on the meeting link we send you prior to the meeting. Upon clicking the link, your phone should suggest downloading the Zoom app. Once downloaded, click the meeting link again, and the meeting will reopen using the phone app.

We highly recommend that you have a webcam and microphone during the Zoom workshop, so you can fully participate in all the group discussions that will occur throughout the session. If you are unable to access a webcam and/or a microphone, Zoom has a chat function, which will allow you to communicate through text only.

The following is a more detailed list of requirements to consider for the Zoom meeting:

System requirements

  • An internet connection: Broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE).
    • Please test internet speeds using this link: All you need to do is press the start button, and it will give you a number for download/upload speeds. 5 mbps and anything higher for upload/download speeds is best for viewing our online workshops. Anything below 5 mbps will still work, but may result in loss of quality and possible buffering.
  • Speakers and a microphone: Built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth.
  • Built-in headphone jack: Even if your laptop or desktop has speakers, you should have a plug-in headset in case the sound from the speakers creates an echo as it goes through the microphone. Using headphones will help eliminate this problem.
  • A webcam: Built-in or USB plug-in.

Supported operating systems

  • macOS X with macOS 10.7 or later
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8 or 8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista with SP1 or later
  • Windows XP with SP3 or later
  • Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
  • Mint 17.1 or higher
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 or higher
  • Oracle Linux 6.4 or higher
  • CentOS 6.4 or higher
  • Fedora 21 or higher
  • OpenSUSE 13.2 or higher
  • ArchLinux (64-bit only)

Supported browsers

  • Windows: IE 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
  • Linux: Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

For a full list of Zoom’s requirements, click here.