Adobe Connect is our primary live classroom system at the ACU.
A Live Classroom (sometimes referred to as virtual classroom, webinar or web conference) allows real time communications in which multiple users can simultaneously interact with each other via the internet to conduct meetings and seminars, lead discussions, run presentations and demonstrations, and perform other functions.
Live classrooms allow students and teaching staff to communicate synchronously using features such as screen sharing, text chat, interactive whiteboards, application sharing, instant polling, emoticons, and breakout rooms. There are many reasons for adopting the technology in your teaching in either blended or online units, including:
engage actively from multiple locations
increased social presence
enhanced student learning
make recordings of meetings.
Using Adobe Connect for online classes or webinars
It is recommended that staff create and manage Adobe Connect meeting rooms inside a LEO unit using the External Tool activity, however you may also use the Adobe Connect web manager if you wish. There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches, which are outlined in the comparison table below.
Once an Adobe Connect session is running, the online interface is the same regardless of how you create a meeting room.
Getting started with Adobe Connect
Getting set up for Adobe Connect meetings - if you're going to host online classes, you should make sure you have the right hardware and software, and that your computer and internet connection are going to give you the best experience.
Florence, M., and Parker, M. (2014). Use of synchronous virtual classrooms: why, who and how?, in MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, v.10, no 2. Retrieved from: http://jolt.merlot.org/vol10no2/martin_0614.pdf [Accessed 13 July 2016].