Zoom is tool that helps businesses and organisations to bring their teams together in a virtual meeting. It is an easy to use platform for a video, voice, content sharing, and chats. It can be used using mobile devices, desktops and telephones. Even though it is a proprietary software, in the case of peer-learning tools for commoning, this tool shows a fast learning curve, a user-friendly interphase, sustainability in time other than one last important aspect: people worldwide have become acquainted with it. It is not opensource, but offers a great deal of features useful for online and hybrid peer learning dynamics.
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service. You can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats - and it lets you record those sessions to view later. It is an essential tool for small-, medium-, and large-sized teams that want to keep in touch and continue their daily workflows with minimal disruption. Plus one of the main advantages of using Zoom is that you can integrate and use variety of applications like Miro , Kahoot! and etc. There are other open source platforms such as jitsi.org or the like, but zoom has shown to be one of the most stable and diffused platforms, other than offering an array of features for peer-learning unique to it (such as break rooms).
Using zoom is quite easy and intuitive you just have to : Launch the Zoom app on your device. Click on the Sign In button to sign in with your existing account or you can also join the meeting without it. Once signed in, you can join an existing Zoom meeting by clicking on the Join button from the home-screen. A pop-up will appear on the screen that will ask to enter the Meeting ID or Personal Link Name. You can also add your name on that screen that will be visible to the host of that meeting and other participants. Further, you can turn off the video or audio by clicking on the provided checkboxes. The app will then connect you with the meeting. Time: A maximum of 40 minutes is available in free version of this tool. Roles Host: The user that scheduled the meeting. They have full permissions to manage the meeting. There can only be one host of a meeting. Co-hosts: Shares most of the controls that hosts have, allowing the co-host to manage the administrative side of the meeting, such as managing attendees. The host must assign a co-host during the meeting. Co-hosts cannot start a meeting. If a host needs someone else to start the meeting, they can assign an alternative host. Alternative hosts: Shares the same controls as co-hosts, but can also start the meeting. Hosts can assign alternative hosts when they schedule a meeting.
Zoom was founded by Eric Yuan, in April 2011. The first name was Saasbee, Inc. which they later changed to Zoom. After a year developing Zoom, they launched a beta version that could host conferences with up to 15 video participants and it’s its first customer was Stanford University. After some success with beta version Zoom launched version 1.0 of the program allowing the maximum number of participants per conference to be 25.By the end of its first month, Zoom had 400,000 users and by May 2013 it had 1 million users.