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Online courses are offered on a regular basis alongside our in-person courses at UNM. If you are interested in an online course, please email

TOEFL Preparation Course: iBT (internet-based test)

This online course is designed for students who would like to focus on skills for the TOEFL iBT (internet-based test).

Student’s Guide to Using Zoom

Zoom Information

All online CELAC and UNM courses will use Zoom, which is a secure, reliable interactive webcasting technology that makes it possible for students and instructors to interact together in real-time. While using Zoom, for the best experience, you will need equipment that is relatively new, software that is up to date, and a fast, reliable internet connection, preferably through an Ethernet cable plugged directly into a router. Wireless connections are also acceptable if the WiFi speed is sufficient. According to Zoom, Group videoconferencing needs a minimum of 1.5mbps upload/download speed. Please note that actual speed may vary by the service provider, and the number of connected devices at one time will cause the speed to vary as well. For that reason, users will likely need faster speeds than the minimum 1.5mbps upload/download speed.

You will also need to have a computer that has a camera and microphone. In terms of speakers and microphones, for the best experience, we recommend a USB headset. We also recommend that you have a room that is dedicated to videoconferencing which will allow you to be free from loud noises and distractions.

In short, here is the important information you need to know regarding Zoom:

How to join a Class/Meeting

To join a Zoom Meeting, simply click on the link sent to you via email or click on the Meetings tab to join a scheduled meeting, and you will automatically be brought into the meeting.
Once you are in the meeting, you may choose to connect audio in three different ways:

  • Using computer audio (recommended).
  • Dialing into a conference bridge from your phone.
  • Have Zoom call you by entering your phone number and your meeting will call your phone.


  • Each meeting has a unique 9, 10, or 11-digit number called a meeting ID that will be required to join a Zoom meeting.
  • If you are joining via telephone, you will need the teleconferencing number provided in the invite.

Windows/ Mac

  1. Open the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Join a meeting using one of these methods:
    • Click “Join a Meeting” if you want to join without signing in.
    • Sign in to Zoom then click “Join”. Note: use this option if the host has selected, "Authentication Required."
  3. Enter the meeting ID number and your display name.
    • If you are signed in, change your name if you don't want your default name to appear.
    • If you are not signed in, enter a display name.
  4. Select if you would like to connect audio and/or video and click “Join”.
*If you prefer to use the Zoom software, please follow the UNM IT tutorial link.

Web Browser

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your meeting ID provided by the host/organizer.
  3. Click Join.
    • If this is your first time joining from Google Chrome, you will be asked to open the Zoom client to join the meeting.
    • You can check Always open these types of links in the associated app to skip this step in the future.
  4. Click Open Zoom Meetings (PC) or Open (Mac).

Helpful Tips for Student Success Online

  • Make sure you are muted when not talking
  • Be yourself and respect others
  • Ask questions using chat
  • Use reactions to engage with your class
  • Think before you write
  • Utilize the raise your hand feature if wanting to ask a question live
  • Set up an intentional space where the class is going to happen
Download the Zoom Guidelines for Students

General Technical Requirements

  • A relatively new computer running software that is up to date
  • A stable, robust internet connection – preferably via an ethernet cord plugged directly into a router
  • Speakers and a microphone – ideally a USB headset (~$40)
  • A webcam or HD webcam either directly built into computer or via USB plug‐in

Supported Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 /(Lion) or later
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8 or 8.1

Supported Browsers

  • Mac: Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome
  • Windows: IE7+, Edge, Firefox, Chrome