The 2021 Conference of the System Dynamics Society
The virtual ISDC makes use of Zoom Meetings for all non-plenary presentations, and for plenaries uses Zoom Webinars. This document explains how to get started with zoom.
You can join a Zoom meeting with a desktop computer, a laptop, or any (Android or iOS) tablet/mobile device. It is recommended to use a webcam (built-in or external) and a headset with a microphone to get the most out of your experience.
Please download the latest version of Zoom from its download center and learn about the system requirements for using the Zoom Desktop Client here.
How can I test my webcam/microphone/speakers?
You can test your Zoom webcam/microphone/speakers using a test meeting. Click here and follow the instructions.
Do I need an account to use Zoom?
For the virtual ISDC you do not need to have an account with Zoom. By registering for the conference, you will have access to all presentations just by clicking a link on the conference website.
How can I join a session in the Virtual ISDC?
The simplest way to join the presentation will be to click on the Zoom link on the session page of the conference website. If you have more questions about the technical aspects of joining a zoom meeting see the other questions on this page or go here to Learn more about joining a meeting.
In Plenary Sessions
In a typical plenary, you will be able to ask your questions using the Q&A feature of the Zoom Webinar. In other words, you will need to communicate your question(s) through this message box by typing them out. The session chair will read these questions and forward them to the presenter who will answer them. To learn more about participating in a Zoom webinar which is how Plenary presentations will be delivered look here.
In all other session types
In a Zoom meeting, you can ask questions by using the in-meeting chat features. You can either type HU to signify "Hands Up" or you can directly type your question into the chat. Read more about the in-meeting chat feature here.
Do I have to have a webcam on my device to participate in a Zoom session?
While you are not required to have a webcam to join a Zoom Meeting or Webinar, you will not be able to transmit video of yourself. You will continue to be able to listen and speak during the meeting, share your screen, and view the webcam video of other participants.
How can I mute/unmute?
To mute or unmute your microphone, you need to access Audio controls by clicking the ^ symbol next to Mute/Unmute. By doing that, you will be able to adjust the microphone and speaker that Zoom is currently using on your local computer. In addition, you can also leave computer audio and access the full audio features in the Zoom settings. See more here.
How to chat in Zoom?
If the Zoom chat feature is available, participants can choose to chat with everyone, only the host, or a specific group of participants. Using the chat box is a convenient way to ask question or share comments during a Zoom meeting. Learn more about the in-meeting chat.
Why isn’t my camera working?
If you have problems with your camera/video, following the tips here can help you.
What can I do if I hear an audio echo during my meeting?
You can learn about common causes of this problem and useful tips on how to solve it here.