Adobe Connect is our primary live classroom system at the ACU.
Live classrooms (sometimes referred to as virtual classrooms, webinars or web-conferencing) 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
Adobe Connect meeting rooms can be managed by using either the Adobe Connect LTI activity inside LEO, or created manually in the Adobe Connect web manager and added to LEO units as text links. There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches, which are outlined in the table below.
Once a Live Classroom is in session, the actions of running the session is the same whichever method is chosen.
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].