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Recording and sharing Zoom meetings and chat

How to record a synchronous and asynchronous Zoom class and access the chat features

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Recording Synchronous Meetings

Recording class lessons on Zoom is good practice as students with unstable internet connections or who may be attending class from different time zones will be able to rewatch material as needed. 

To safeguard student privacy when recording, please be mindful of the following recommendations: 

  1. Follow the FERPA compliance and other Stanford’s guidance on Stanford University Privacy Office.  
  2. Send an announcement to the class via Canvas letting them know that you plan to record some or all of these sessions and whether you plan on posting the recordings within Canvas. 
  3. Ask students in advance to let you know if they are concerned. Let those students know the solution is to turn off their video within Zoom during those sessions.  
  4. Consider using Zoom’s consent to be recorded. Also consider verbally announcing to students that the session will be recorded. 

When setting up the meeting, there is an option to Record Automatically. You may automatically save the meeting to the cloud, which will save the recordings in Canvas where students will be able to access them later. 

The chat will also be saved to the cloud, though only messages sent to the main room to everyone will be recorded. Messages written in Breakout Rooms, or sent privately to another participant will not be saved. Meeting participants are unable to save the chat unless they have separately recorded the meeting. 

Recording Asynchronous Lectures

Many professors record lectures for students to watch before synchronous meetings. Stanford recommends using Panopto to record a lecture or upload recorded lectures onto Canvas. For additional information, please visit Stanford’s VPTL site, or use these tips on how to record your screen on Windows, macOS, iPhone, iPad or Android.