The sudden shift to online instruction in the Spring brought about a host of challenges from learning to teach virtually to creating and proctoring exams. Over the past six months, faculty and staff have used Zoom to its fullest potential hosting more than 285,000 meetings. These meetings have had over 2.7 million participants attend from countries all over the world, including Germany, Costa Rica, India and many more. Clemson has also hosted over 250 webinars to assist incoming or prospective students, provide important updates to faculty and staff, and to continue the Land Grant Extension offerings to people across the country.
One of the primary benefits of Zoom is the ability to easily record to the cloud and distribute the subsequent recording to students. The rapid adoption of Zoom by our faculty and staff has led to hundreds of thousands of recordings being stored in the cloud. This has pushed storage capacity to a limit and an archiving plan has now been put into place to address potential storage issues.
Zoom recordings stored in the cloud will now be removed at a rolling 180-day, or 6-month, mark. This timeline was selected to allow instructors to focus on their course content and students during the semester as recordings will stay in the cloud up to 2 months after the semester has ended. Future recordings can be automatically copied into an instructor’s Ensemble account as well. This feature can be requested and enabled by contacting ITHelp@clemson.edu. Previous recordings can be manually transferred by accessing them through https://clemson.zoom.us, and downloading the appropriate files through the “Recordings” tab.
The Zoom client is continuing to evolve with exciting new features now available! The most recent version can be downloaded here: https://zoom.us/download. Some of the more interesting features are:
A full list of updates can always be found here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/sections/360008531112-Zoom-Releases-By-Product
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