Earlier this week Zoom introduced a new meeting display format called Immersive View. Zoom’s immersive view displays all meeting participants in neat virtual backgrounds like art galleries, fireside chats, and theaters. I’ve already enabled immersive view on my Windows and Mac computers, I love it!
To use Zoom Immersive Views you have to be using the latest version of Zoom’s Mac or Windows desktop applications. To update just launch Zoom on your desktop then click on your profile icon to reveal a drop-down menu that includes a “check for updates” option.
After you’ve updated your Zoom Mac or Windows app, open your Zoom account settings in your web browser and open meeting settings for your account. In those settings you’ll enable Immersive View.
All of the steps to use Zoom Immersive Views are outlined in this short video that I created.
Clarifying Points About Zoom Immersive Views
- It will not work on Chromebooks, iPads, or any device that doesn’t currently support using virtual backgrounds.
- It is on by default in free (personal) accounts and in pro accounts. Those using school-managed or employer-managed accounts will need to have it enabled by their IT departments.
- You can have up to 25 people in one immersive view.
- The default setting is to automatically place participants in the Immersive View, but you can manually place them if you are so inclined.
Why would you try Immersive View?
I’m using Zoom Immersive View because after 14 months of daily Zoom calls, I appreciate the novelty of a different, fun layout. I think many students will feel the same way.
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