Web Conferencing

Web Conferencing

Adobe Connect

  • What is Adobe Connect?

    Adobe Connect (formerly Macromedia Breeze) is a web-based conferencing and data collaboration tool. It provides a virtual meeting/classroom environment for sharing your presentations, images, and desktop applications with remote participants. You can also take advantage of features such as a digital whiteboard, text chat, polling, and audio and video broadcasting. To attend your web meeting, your students need only a web browser with the Flash plugin (almost all computers have this already) and a broadband Internet connection. Mobile apps are also available on several platforms, including the iPad, iPhone, and Android phones. Connect can be used to hold online classes, to invite remote guest speakers to join your class, to hold online office hours, to provide students with collaboration and presentation space, and to provide remote desktop support and training. Meetings can be recorded and made available for later playback and review.

    In this video, IU School of Education Professor Curt Bonk presents an overview of web conferencing and webcasting, lists many potential applications of this technology for teaching, and offers some practical advice and guidelines for conducting synchronous web-based courses (running time 9:52). You can also watch the CITL's faculty spotlight on Curt Bonk.

  • References

    McKinnie, R. (2008). Best Practices for Delivering Virtual Classroom Training. San Jose, CA:  Adobe Systems Incorporated. Retrieved from http://www.elearningguild.com/showFile.cfm?id=3159.

    This paper from Adobe provides some useful tips for teaching online and/or delivering remote presentations using Connect.

  • Who Is Doing This at IUB?

    Instructors in many schools and departments currently use Adobe Connect to deliver web-based classes or to supplement traditional classes. Fernando Orejuela, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, teaches a popular Survey of Hip Hop class through Connect. Students meet online twice a week. Presentations include audio and video clips, Powerpoint slides, and online chat. This course has been profiled in the Indiana Daily Student:

    Online Course Provides Classroom Alternative
    Online Classrooms Offer New Learning Experience

  • IU Knowledge Base Documents
  • For More Help or Information

    Kate Ellis is a member of the IU Connect support team and can provide more information and hands-on assistance in exploring Adobe Connect.


  • What Is It?

    Zoom is a web-based conferencing system used to hold online meetings, including synchronous, online classes. Participants can access Zoom meetings from computer web browsers, as well as from iOS and Android mobile devices.

    Zoom is currently in pilot study mode and requires an account. Zoom is easy to set up, is uncomplicated to use, and requires no downloads.

  • What Can I Do with It?

    Integrate Zoom into your Canvas course. Using Zoom through Canvas automatically authenticates and identifies student participants. To add Zoom to a Canvas course site, use the Modules tool, create an assignment, and specify External Tool/Zoom. Students can easily join Zoom meetings where they can see and hear each other, share screens and content if needed, as well as use Zoom screen annotation features.

    Zoom meetings can be used for online instruction, guest speakers, group project meetings, or individual conferencing, such as office hours.

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