Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Web Conferencing System - Adobe Connect

A committee of faculty and staff were assembled in February to review alternative Web Conferencing Systems to replace Elluminate Live after it was purchased by Blackboard. After creating a list of requirements and going through a thorough review process, the committee selected Adobe Connect.

Upon the selection of Adobe Connect, a pilot was created for the summer 2011 semester with a campus wide roll out of Adobe Connect beginning this fall 2011 semester. What did the pilot think of Adobe Connect? Of those who answered a survey sent out by our department, 60% were very satisfied with the overall ease of use. Another 68.5% were very satisfied with the Share Pod (used for sharing PowerPoints, files, and screens.) These two categories were ranked as very important for 95.5% and 88.6% of respondents respectively. Additional features of Connect follow.
  • Present a PowerPoint slideshow
  • Direct text messaging
  • Two way audio chat
  • Video conferencing
  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Application and desktop sharing
  • Poll your students
  • Note taking
  • Recording and playback of session
  • Unlimited concurrent users

For more information about Adobe Connect and how to start using it for your courses see, Adobe Connect at KUMC

Monday, August 29, 2011

Replying to ANGEL Emails in GroupWise Webmail

A problem exists when using GroupWise webmail to reply to emails sent from ANGEL. You can reply to those emails when using webmail on Internet Explorer, but you will not be able to reply when using webmail on other browsers, such as Firefox or Safari.You can still read these emails using webmail on any browser, but you must use Internet Explorer if you want to reply to these emails through webmail.

This problem does not occur when using the GroupWise desktop program. And, this problem does not appear to occur in other web-based email systems, such as gmail, Live, or Outlook.

ANGEL is aware of the problem, but they do not have a specific time frame for fixing this problem yet. Sorry for this inconvenience.