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Many UT Law courses will be offered online, and even most in-person courses will have a remote option. If you are in a clinic or are otherwise unsure whether your classes will be offered online, please contact your professor.
The online lectures will be offered through Zoom. Zoom is a platform that provides videoconferencing and online meeting services. The University of Texas has a subscription with Zoom that gives every UT Law student a “utexas” Zoom account. You can read more about UT Zoom accounts here.
You can access Zoom from a desktop, a laptop, or from a mobile device (i.e., a smartphone or a tablet). First, check to see if you already have Zoom installed.
On a Windows computer, open the Start menu at the bottom left of the screen, then scroll down to “Z” to see if you have a “Zoom” folder. On an Apple computer, open the Finder, and go to the “Applications” folder and look for Zoom (which should be called “zoom.us” or “Zoom”). On a mobile device, scroll through your apps to see if Zoom is listed.
If you do not already have Zoom installed, you will want to download Zoom to whatever device(s) you will be using to participate in the online classes.
To download Zoom to a desktop or a laptop, click here.
To download Zoom to an iOS device, click here.
To download Zoom to an Android device, click here.
Signing in to Zoom
As mentioned above, UT is providing every student with a UT Zoom account. To sign in to Zoom with your personal UT Zoom account, open the Zoom application on your device. Click “Sign In.” On the next screen, choose “Sign in with SSO” (SSO stands for “single sign-on”). When it asks you to “Enter your company domain,” enter “utexas”. You will then be taken to a page where you will log in with your UT EID and password.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: You will want to sign in with your UT Zoom account (and not to a free Zoom account you may have previously created) because only your UT Zoom account will automatically allow you to join your Zoom lectures. Using another Zoom account will require your professor to "admit" you from a "waiting room."
Joining Zoom Lectures (through Canvas)
The Zoom lectures will be offered through Canvas. Canvas is a learning management system that the University of Texas uses to facilitate engagement for its classes. Most of your law school classes should have their own dedicated Canvas page, and your instructor and classmates will all have access to that course's Canvas page.
You can read more about UT's Canvas site here. Click on "Enter Canvas" to log in, where you will then have access to all of the Canvas pages for the law school courses you are enrolled in. In addition to accessing Canvas through a web browser, you can also download the Canvas Student app to use Canvas on a mobile device.
To download the Canvas Student app to an iOS device, click here.
To download the Canvas Student app to an Android device, click here.
When you first start up the Canvas Student app, you will want to choose “Find my school” and enter “University of Texas at Austin.”
Log in to Canvas using your UT EID and password, whether through a browser on a desktop or laptop, or using the Canvas Student app.
Go to your course’s Canvas page, and on the left panel, there should be a “Zoom” link. Click on the Zoom link, and you will see 3 tabs: “Upcoming Meetings,” “Previous Meetings,” and “Cloud Recordings.”
When you try to start Zoom in Canvas for the first time, if prompted, agree to “Authorize” it.
Your professor will be scheduling and offering the meetings through the Zoom feature within Canvas. (Note: Each “meeting” is an individual class session or office hours session. Your professor should label/title each meeting so you will know.)
Click on the “Upcoming Meetings” tab to see meetings that your professor has scheduled. It will list the start times for each meeting as well as give a Meeting ID. At the meeting start time, you can click on the “Join” button to enter the meeting and “attend” the class session.
The scheduled class sessions for the course will also show up in your Canvas Calendar.
Once you have joined a Zoom lecture, some of what you will be able to see or do will depend on the settings that your professor implements.
Viewing Recordings of Meetings (through Canvas)
If you were unable to attend a class session, you can see if your professor made a recording of it available. Click on the “Cloud Recordings” tab to see if your professor made available a recording of the meeting. You can also see if your professor made a transcript available.
Further Assistance with Zoom and Online Lectures
Go to this test Canvas course to get some more information on using Zoom within Canvas. Spend time going through the different modules, which will help you get set up and test your internet and hardware settings.
If you have questions specifically about the Zoom integration into Canvas, you can find a brief 10-minute video tutorial on using the Zoom application within Canvas here. While this tutorial is designed for professors, it provides useful insight for students as well.
UT Law’s Student Affairs Office has also made available very useful information for online learning, including specific information on using Zoom. You can find that information here.
The main university also has a page helping students with online learning, including information about Zoom, which you can find here.