Short Courses

Remote Learning: Zoom

We're using Zoom to remotely deliver our language courses this year.

Many people have become familiar with the video and conferencing application Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic. We've decided to use Zoom to deliver all of our language courses until further notice, as we are sure this will offer the best experience for our students online.

We realise however that not everyone will be familiar with the platform and have put together some guidance and advice below to help you get learning with us on Zoom.

Getting started

To start learning a language remotely with us, you will need to download the latest version of Zoom to your device. Find out more information on how to download Zoom.

Please note: you will need to download the Zoom app, however you do not need to create a Zoom account in order to take part in any of our language courses. The University of Edinburgh has created a Zoom account and will act as host for all language classes and you can join a class without creating a Zoom user account.

Joining a class

Once you've enrolled on one of our language courses, you will be sent instructions with details on how to join your class. Please see the Zoom website for more general guidance on joining a meeting with Zoom. Please note: you will be sent meeting details at least 48 hours in advance of your first class.

Participating in a class

You will need to join the class with audio and video on your device. Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on connecting to Zoom with audio and video. You will sent more information before the first class on how the session will run and your tutor will provide guidance throughout the course to allow all participants to fully engage with our remote language learning.

Technical issues

Unfortunately we're unable to provide an individual level of technical support to students that enrol on our remotely taught classes, however Zoom have a comprehensive Help Centre on their own website and we would encourage its use if you need assistance familiarising yourself with how Zoom works.

Learning remotely

For more general guidance on learning remotely with the Centre for Open Learning, please see our Remote Learning FAQs.