Video conferencing is a term used for a live connection between people in different geographical locations to allow them to communicate synchronously via various internet sites. The communication is in the form of audio, with accompanying text, static images or video (both live and pre-recorded), or it can be in the form of static images and text. There are a number of tools that can be used for video conferencing, such as Skype, Google Hangouts and Adobe Connect (see UCT ICTS website for other options).
Adobe Connect is a synchronous virtual meeting platform which supports audio and video conferencing. Adobe Connect service offers online meeting experiences for collaboration, virtual classrooms and large scale webinars, through online features such as slide presentations, desktop sharing, white board and chat.
Video conferencing can promote authentic learning by inviting experts to join the virtual classroom. Video conferencing also allows learners or educators to collaborate with peers who share the same interests, to undertake research, or even just to share resources and knowledge.
- Collaboration opportunities
- Authentic learning through role play, problem-solving and working with subject experts
- Feedback provided as video/audio
- Enhanced digital literacy skills by participating in online discussion forums and sessions Increased participation and motivation for complex courses
- Must have sufficient internet connectivity.
- Managing and supporting participation requires explicit instruction and consultation.
- Students with limited digital literacy can experience
- Video conferencing as marginalizing.
UCT staff can request an Adobe Connect account by emailing the Vula team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Once you have an account, make sure you have the necessary equipment and connection.
You will need:
- A headset with a good quality microphone and (optional) webcam
- Most laptops have a built-in microphone and webcam, although a headset can provide better audio quality.
- Do the connection test and install any required add-ins or Flash updates. The connection test page also contains additional troubleshooting tips.
- Ensure that participants joining your online meeting session complete the connection test before the start of the meeting.
- Visual Quick Start Guide for Hosts
- Visual Quick Start Guide for Participants
- Video tutorial to hosting a class online
- Visual Quick Start Guide for Virtual Classrooms (extra functionality for more advanced users)
- More on the Adobe Connect User Community Website and Learning Centre
- Ensure you have requested an account from email@example.com.
- Log in to http://meeting.uct.ac.za (use your UCT email address. Your password may differ to your UCT network password)
- Follow the visual quick start guide for hosts.
Note: Only Adobe Connect hosts require accounts. Students and participants are invited on as guests.
Once the host creates a meeting, they can share the meeting link with anyone that should be invited (e.g. through an email, Vula announcement or webpage). When the participant receives the link, they will enter the room as guest and add their name. Ensure that participants have run the connection test. You may want to ask them to access the meeting room ahead of time and to work through the visual quick start guide for participants.
- CILT Overview Guide: Using Video conferencing for teaching at UCT
- Getting started with Adobe Connect at UCT: Before, During and After the meeting - a guide for UCT lecturers using Adobe Connect
- Tips for presenters from e/merge Africa
- Example of Adobe Connect in action from e/merge Africa webinar recordings on YouTube
- Video conferencing at UCT and Software-based video conferencing at UCT from ICTS Website