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

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