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Zoom – Alternate Hosts and your Canvas Course

This article explains how the Zoom LTI in Canvas adds and manages alternate hosts when scheduling Zoom meetings within Canvas.

When a meeting is scheduled in the Zoom integration in Canvas, the following users are automatically added to Zoom meetings as alternate hosts when the meetings are created in the LTI:

  • Teachers, TAs, and teacher-based roles who have visited the Zoom page in the Canvas course previously. The alt-hosts may not be displayed immediately when scheduling the meeting; however teachers and teacher-based roles (Facilitator, course support, and other school-created accounts) will be granted access to host course meetings once they access the Zoom tool in their course.
  • Canvas administrators. Canvas admins are considered instructors by Zoom. When a Canvas admin visits the Zoom LTI in a course, they will be added as an alternative host to the meetings on the course schedule.

Automating the addition of alternative hosts reduces the work for course instructors who schedule course meetings.

Since alt-hosts are added automatically, the option to add or delete them manually to a meeting is disabled.

Who can serve as alternative hosts?
Any Canvas course editing role such as Teacher, TA, or Designer, Facilitator, Course Support, or school-created role can serve as an alternative host.

In courses with more than one instructor, the first host to start the Zoom meeting will be the meeting host and own the cloud recording. Other course instructors who join the meeting later will enter as co-hosts. The host may pass host controls to a co-host or another meeting attendee. Only meeting hosts have the ability to manage breakout rooms.

How can I edit or change alternative hosts?
Since alternative hosts are added automatically, Canvas instructors cannot add alt-hosts manually; the Alternative Hosts field is gray and has a lock icon next to it.