Your tutor should guide you in most interactions in Adobe Connect, and should be able to answer most of your questions, however you should familiarise yourself with some of the basic functions listed here.
Important note: some functions that work in the Adobe Connect application do not currently work in the browser, such as the ability to share your screen, draw on a whiteboard or use breakout rooms. You may at some point attempt to do something that asks you to download and install the Connect application, which should allow you to then access those functions.
Run the Audio Setup Wizard to configure and optimise your sound
- Click the 'Meeting' button at the top of the screen and choose the 'Audio Setup Wizard'.
- Follow the instructions to complete the wizard.
It is always a good idea to run the wizard at the start of a tutorial to ensure your sound is right.
Activate and test your microphone
When the host gives your permission to speak, you will see this grey 'microphone' icon at the top of the screen.
- Click the "grey" icon to activate your microphone. This will turn the icon "green", meaning you should be able to be heard by other participants in the room.
- When you are not actively participating in discussion, mute your microphone so that background talking and other sounds do not interrupt your host speaking. Click the green 'microphone' icon to mute (it should have a line through it), and click it again to unmute it if you need to speak.
- Attempt to speak to your host by activating and unmuting your microphone, then ask the host if they can hear you. If you get no response, run the Audio Setup Wizard again, or ask in the Chat pod for help.
Adobe Connect Settings and Functions
Your host will specifically direct your online classroom, so it is important that you make sure your audio setup is working and that you follow your tutor’s instructions.
Speaking and listening
The host has the ability to grant microphone privileges to all participants, a single participant, or no one, as they see fit. During an online meeting, when the host is speaking, you will most likely not be able to speak. When you see a tiny microphone icon next to your name in the Attendees pod, and a white microphone icon at the top of the screen, you have been given microphone rights.
Adobe Connect has different functions that appear as different sections of the page, known as Pods. The "Attendees" pod shows all participants in the meeting. The "Webcam" pod is where you may see your host’s webcam feed. The "Chat" pod allows you to chat via text. There is usually also a large pod on the screen called the "Share" pod, where a host will display slides or share their screen.
When your speakers are active, they will show with a "green speaker" icon. Click the icon to mute your speakers. They will then show as a "white speaker" icon. You can use the drop-down arrow here to adjust the volume of your speakers.
Changing your status (and how to ask a question)
The Status option can be used to indicate that you have a question. Next to the person icon at the top of the screen, click the Down arrow and choose the "Raise Hand" option. A similar icon will appear next to your name in the Attendees pod, which will let the host know that you have a question.
There are several options under the "Status" drop-down. Your host may sometimes ask a question and ask you to set your status to either "Agree" or "Disagree". The Status can also be used to indicate that the tutor is speaking too fast, that you’ve temporarily stepped away from your computer, or for various other reasons. Familiarise yourself with these options and use them when necessary.
Using the Chat pod
To use the Chat pod, click in the "text box" at the bottom of the pod, type in your text, then press "Enter" (or click the speech bubble icon).
You can also click a participant’s name in the "Attendees" pod to access the option to send them a personal message.