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Kaltura & Zoom

Kaltura Live Room

Lecturers use Kaltura Live Room principally for interactive online education. If this isn't possible, they may instead decide to use Zoom.


Zoom is a video conferencing app for meetings of up to 300 people. Lecturers can give online education via Zoom. As a student, you can also make use of Zoom for online meetings. 

Getting started with Zoom

  • Go to universiteitleiden.zoom.us
  • Choose 'Sign in with SSO'
  • Under organisation name, enter 'universiteitleiden'
  • Log in with your ULCN account


The Zoom Help Center can help you out and answer your questions by way of video tutorials, quick-start guides, FAQs, free training courses and webinars.

Security and privacy

As a student of Leiden University you can make use of the paid educational-version of Zoom for free. This means you can use Zoom in a secure way. 

  • Only students and staff have access via their ULCN-accounts. This means that certain privacy settings are compulsory. 
  • Zoom uses encryption and only servers in the EU are used to facilitate meetings.
  • Zoom is not used for classes during which personal information or confidential research data will be discussed. 

Would you rather not use Zoom? Ask your lecturer for an alternative. If you can't reach a solution with your lecturer, contact your study adviser. If this doesn't resolve the issue, get in touch with Leiden University's data protection officer via fg@bb.leidenuniv.nl.

Guidelines and tips

Tips to make sure the applications work well: 

  • Only put your camera on when strictly necessary.
  • Close other browsers and applications. 
  • When possible, use internet via a cable rather than Wi-Fi.
  • If you use Wi-Fi, sit close to the router. If necessary, ask housemates to limit their use of internet applications such as Netflix when you are online. 
  • Re-start your computer regularly to free-up temporary memory. 
  • If needed, invest in extra memory for your computer.

Safe use of IT facilities

Take a look at the guidelines and tips for safe use of IT facilities.

Privacy and recorded lectures

  • Some of your lecturers may wish to record online lectures so that students can re-watch them later. Before doing so, your lecturer will ask your permission and let you know the purpose of the recording, how and to whom it will be made available and how it will be stored. If you do not wish to be visible in the recording, make sure your camera is switched off.
  • Note that the unauthorised photographing, recording, use or distribution of materials from online classes is prohibited.

Code of conduct

Take a look at the Code of Conduct Remote Teaching. Here you can find the rules and guidelines for both students and lecturers with respect to online education.  

Other education applications for use at home

Several applications that were previously only available via the university network can now be used at home. Find out which applications are available and how you can access them.

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