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UC San Diego Zoom - Video and Web Conferencing

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Learn about Zoom, a web-based, teleconference and video conference solution, the UC replacement for ReadyTalk.

About Zoom

Zoom offers the best in class video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

Only the host of a Zoom call needs to have a Zoom account. Use it anytime for any meeting, conference, or person-to-person video calls. There is no cost to your department.

The UC San Diego instance of Zoom is HIPAA compliant. Zoom has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) in place, meaning they are responsible for keeping participant information secure. They do not have access to identifiable health information and protect and encrypt all audio, video, and screen sharing data. Find out more information about how Zoom supports HIPAA compliance

Getting Started

Acquiring a Zoom Pro account is a 2 step process. Pro accounts have no time limits on meetings. 

  1. Sign up for a Zoom Basic account using your SSO account.
  2. Request an upgrade to a Pro account.
    • All faculty and staff are eligible for a Pro account. Students are only eligible for a Basic account.
    • Once your request is approved, you will receive an email notifying you your account has been upgraded to a Pro account (1-2 business days).

Note: UC San Diego Health has a separate instance of Zoom for Health Sciences. UC San Diego Health faculty and staff can create Zoom accounts at http://zoom.uchealth.edu.

Basic Zoom account - 40 minute meeting limit

Key Features

  • Host group meetings
    • Up to 100 people
    • Up to 40 minutes
  • One-to-one video calls are unlimited
  • Available for All UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students with an @ucsd.edu email address

Zoom Pro account - no limit meetings

Key Features

  • Must be upgraded by IT Services
  • Host group meetings
    • Up to 100 people
    • Unlimited time
  • One-to-one video calls are unlimited
  • Customize your Personal Meeting ID
  • Can be expanded with add-ons licenses for an additional cost
  • Pro accounts are limited to faculty and staff.

Zoom is the recommended replacement for ReadyTalk

Zoom is now available to UC San Diego as part of a UC system-wide contract. We recommend Zoom as a replacement for ReadyTalk. The contract with ReadyTalk has expired and we are no longer operating under a pricing agreement with accepted terms and conditions. With Zoom, we have an opportunity to upgrade our campus to a better product for videoconferences, video calls, webconferences, webinars and meetings with telecommuters. Zoom has the best video and audio quality with screen-sharing, annotation, chat, local recording, and file sharing built-in. 

Existing UC San Diego ReadyTalk users are encouraged to claim a Zoom Basic account and to request an upgrade to a Zoom Pro account. Pro accounts allow for unlimited meeting length and can host up to 100 people per meeting.

Note: This page has a friendly link that's easy to remember: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/zoom