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How to Connect to Adobe Connect Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates the steps required to access a Family Medicine webinar hosted with Adobe Connect.

iPad user? See the full screen video here.

Before every session, make sure your version of Flash is up to date by downloading the latest verson. Flash Player download page
It’s optional, but we recommend installing the Adobe Connect Meeting Add-in, which enables better sound quality. Adobe Connect Meeting Add-in download page
If you’re using any headsets or webcams, plug them in first.
You may need to select them as the default playback and recording devices in the sound settings of Control Panel or System Preferences. See these detailed instructions. Change O S X default sound devices
Change default sound devices in Windows Control Panel
Each webinar has its own web address, like https://dal.adobeconnect.com/therapeutics or https://dal.adobeconnect.com/breastfeeding. Enter the appropriate URL in your address bar. Today we’ll use the test session, https://dal.adobeconnect.com/presentertest Adobe Connect webinar login page
Choose the option to “Enter as a Guest” and type your name in the field. Use your full name, not a nickname, so we know who you are. Then click “Enter Room” to launch the webinar. Adobe Connect login screen enlarged
A new window will open with the test session. Adobe Connect interface
Whenever you use Connect, the most important thing to do is run the Audio Setup Wizard. You can launch it by clicking the Meeting Button and choosing Audio Setup Wizard. Opening the Audio Setup Wizard
Follow the prompts to test your speakers. If you can’t hear anything, check your default playback devices. Audio Setup Wizard speaker test
Choose your microphone, Choosing microphone from drop-down box in the Audio Setup Wizard.
and set your recording level by clicking record, speaking a few sentences at a natural speaking volume, and adjusting your positioning until the meter bounces halfway across the bar. Recording test audio in the Audio Setup Wizard
You’ll likely have to allow Flash to use your microphone during this process. Adobe Flash microphone access request

After recording, you can listen to how you sound. This is the most important step of the process. You can tell whether you’re too quiet, too loud, too far away from your mic, or if your background environment is too noisy.

If you click Record, you can try the recording process again. Experiment with different positions and volumes until you find your optimal sound quality.  Once you’re satisfied, click “Next.”

Recording test audio in the Audio Setup Wizard

The last step is to measure the amount of background noise to filter out. Click the “Test Silence” button and remain quiet until the progress bar fills.

Press “Next” and then “Finish” to complete the wizard. If you’ve followed the steps correctly, you should be able to hear, and be heard clearly.

Using the Test Silence feature in the Audio Setup Wizard.
Now you’re ready to participate in the session. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the interface. Adobe Connect interface
At the top is the menu bar, where you can turn on your microphone and camera, and raise your virtual hand. Adobe Connect Meeting bar
This is the sharing pod, where you’ll see the lecture materials. Adobe Connect Sharing Pod displaying PowerPoint slides
This is the Camera and Voice pod, where you can see whomever is speaking. Adobe Connect Camera and Voice pod
Below that is the Attendee List, where you can see who else is attending, and send private messages. Adobe Connect Attendee List pod
Finally, the Chat pod will let you type responses to other participants. Adobe Connect Chat pod
Occasionally we use a polling panel where you can answer multiple-choice questions. Adobe Connect Chat pod

That’s all you need to know to join a Family Medicine webinar via Adobe Connect. For more information, see our videos on Interactivity in Connect, and Presentation Tips for Connect.

If you have any questions, contact dfmcurriculum@dal.ca or 902-473-8042.