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Web Conferencing Services

Adobe Connect, a web-based conferencing application, is now available through my.uen to all Utah Public K-12 educators. (View Adobe Connect / my.uen Quick Start Guide.)

Utah higher education or private institutions may elect to license this product on their own.

The Adobe product works on multiple platforms including mobile apps like iOS, Android and Blackberry.


Adobe Connect Frequently Asked Questions

Why?

Why did we switch from Wimba Classroom?

The UEN licensing agreement for Wimba Classroom ended August 31, 2013. Wimba was purchased by Blackboard a few years ago and no further development has been put into the Wimba product. Although several other web conferencing solutions were considered, UEN used a competitive RFP process to select Adobe Connect.

Why should I use Adobe Connect?

Adobe Connect is a full-featured web conferencing system that works on computers or mobile devices (iOS, Android, and Blackberry). Adobe Connect is easy to use and doesn’t require any client software downloads (uses Flash), so users can connect to meetings quickly and easily. Adobe Connect uses voice over IP for audio and allows for an unlimited number of high quality video streams in an event. Share your screen or other content easily using Adobe Connect, and your meetings can be recorded and played back later.

Why can't I use Adobe Connect at my institution?

Participation in the UEN licensing agreement for Adobe Connect is optional for higher education institutions. Since there are other conferencing options available through Canvas (such as Big Blue Button), not all institutions have chosen to participate in the UEN license agreement for Adobe Connect.

When?

When will this change to Adobe Connect take place?

Adobe Connect is available to Public K-12 my.uen users as of March 2014.

What?

What is Adobe Connect?

Adobe Connect is a full-featured web conferencing system that offers most of the functionality that Wimba Classroom offered, with a few exceptions. In addition to using a computer to connect to conferences, you can also use mobile apps (iOS, Android, or Blackberry) to participate in Adobe Connect meetings from a mobile device.

What are some of the differences between Adobe Connect and Wimba Classroom?

Although both products provide similar functionality, this table outlines some of the differences between Adobe Connect and Wimba Classroom

Adobe Connect

Wimba Classroom

No additional client software required (uses Flash).

Requires Java and download of Java files to connect to the meeting.

Apps for mobile devices (iOS, Android, Blackberry).

No mobile device support.

Uses Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) for audio. Dial-in telephone access can also be provided (for an additional cost).

Uses VOIP or dial-in through a telephone line for audio.

Unlimited number of video streams in a meeting.

One video stream at a time (follow the speaker).

Application hosted by Adobe (self-hosted licensing option is also available for higher ed).

Application hosted by Blackboard.

How?

How do I use Adobe Connect?

You use Adobe Connect much like you used Wimba Classroom, either through my.uen (Public K-12) or Canvas (Higher Ed). Through my.uen, Adobe Connect is available through your personal page.

How do I get training to learn to use Adobe Connect?

Clarix Technologies (our Adobe value-added reseller) offers free training the first four Mondays of each month (registration required). UEN Professional Development offers additional training as well. For the basics of Adobe Connect, see the Adobe Connect/my.uen Quick Start Guide, the Adobe Connect Meeting Overview video (embedded above), and Managing Recordings in Adobe Connect.

Who?

Who made this decision?

A committee consisting of representatives from UEN, Utah higher education institutions, and Utah public education institutions developed the specifications and evaluation criteria in a competitive bid process for a web conferencing system to replace Wimba Classroom. Based on the committee’s evaluation of several different proposals, Adobe Connect (provided through Clarix Technologies) was selected to succeed Wimba Classroom.

Who do I contact if I have a question or problem?

Contact Scott Allen (801-581-5382) if you have further questions or a problem with Adobe Connect.

Where?

Where can I find out more information about Adobe Connect?

There are several good resources available online for learning more about Adobe Connect. Here are some of them:

 

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