Adobe Connect Quick Start

All USF instructors, full-time or adjunct, may have access to Adobe Connect.  Contact DAT (815 740-5080 or dat@stfrancis.edu) to set up an account within minutes if you do not already have one.  Here is a video overview, followed by specific steps whose times correlate with when the step is shown on the video.

Step Time Description of step
1 0:21 Go to our Adobe Connect page at https://usfconnect8.stfrancis.edu
2   Log in with your username and password.
3 0:28 You will be directed to the Landing Page.  Take a few moments to get oriented visually to the interface.
4 :50 Start a new meeting (the blue “Create” button)
5 :54 Fill out the form that creates the meeting, including Title, a unique URL and settings that allow anyone to access the meeting with the URL.  Click “Next” to continue and then click “Finish” to get back to the meetings information page that you just edited.
6 1:37 Copy the URL to the meeting and relay that information to your students.  Be CLEAR and SPECIFIC in your communication, through the Canvas Inbox, Outlook email, placement of the link on a Canvas course page or module, or combination of the aforementioned.
7 1:50 Before your first class session with Adobe Connect, go to the meeting by clicking on the link, or pasting the link in your browser (Google Chrome or Firefox) and going to the page.
7.1   You may be prompted to enter your username and password as a registered user (not as a guest).
8   For first time users, you will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect app, a necessary tool.
9 2:35 After you install the app, you can launch your Adobe Connect meeting.
19   Observe as an Adobe Connect meeting opens in a new window created by the Adobe Connect app (which you can locate on your computer’s task bar).
20 3:16 Notice you have layouts on the right in a vertical column.  Navigate between these layouts to obtain the best view.

·      The “Sharing” layout supports screen sharing, PowerPoint or PDF documents, or a whiteboard.

·      The Discussion layout supports one or more webcams.

·      The Collaboration layout supports a whiteboard, and file sharing.

21 3:27 Set up your audio, very simply:

·      Go to the Meetings menu and select Preferences.

·      Under Preferences, choose Microphone and DE-select (uncheck) enhanced audio.

·      Click the microphone icon (white, at the top of the meeting) to generate sound from your voice.

·      From the down arrow next to the mic icon, note that you can adjust your microphone volume so that it is just right.

22 4:22 Start up your webcam; a visual presence is important to establish a social connection!  Click “start sharing” to transmit your image.
23 4:54 Note that each rectangle of the meeting (or “pod”) has its own flyout menu in the upper right hand corner that shows actions which govern that pod’s behavior.  For example, in the attendee’s pod you can “mute all” (a very important troubleshoot to reduce feedback), or you can allow individual attendees access to their microphone (and webcam).
23.1   DO ask your participants to MUTE THEIR MICROPHONE when they are not using it.  This will assuredly stop unwelcome feedback or noises.  You click the mic icon to toggle on the mute feature, or to toggle it off.
24 5:50 The “share” pod enables you to share your screen.  When you do so you will see a small box which collapses into a drawer.  This box shows the set of controls that allow you to see the attendees, monitor chat, or stop sharing your screen.  Become familiar with this box.  Know that if you accidentally minimize it, you can restore it by clicking the Adobe Connect icon on your taskbar.
25 7:04 End the meeting from the Meeting Menu, or just click out of the meeting to leave it.
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