As the V2 Adobe Connect Pro subject matter expert on our team, I’ve produced a myriad of trainings and events with my clients on the Adobe Connect Pro platform. Adobe Connect is one of my favorite platforms as an event manager because of its flexibility and collaboration features which lend itself well to a virtual classroom. Let’s take a peek at some of these features and how you can utilize them in your trainings.
Adobe Layouts – What are they? Layouts are a feature that allows you to create different elements or pods within the adobe connect meeting room. These pods include chat, polls, video (webcam), links, Q&A (moderated questions & answers), and share pods that allow you to share presentation files as well as your computer screen. Adobe Layouts let you as the Host choose where these pods live, and how they appear. For example, at one point in your presentation, you may wish to poll the audience on whether or not they have completed pre-work required of them prior to the training session. You can easily switch to this layout with the pre-loaded poll questions by using the layout panel on the right side of the screen. Click on the layout icon in the panel to switch your view. Layouts allow you to easily customize and re-organize the look and activities you want present in the meeting. You can set them up ahead of your meeting and you can alter them on the fly using prepare mode under Meeting options.
Using Prepare mode allows you to move to a different layout and change pods or load content while keep the attendees and presenters on the active pod. This is extremely helpful if you have last minute changes in content that need to be updated while in session.
Presenter Only Area – The presenter only area of the Adobe Connect Meeting or Seminar room is a handy tool that easily allows you to store pods/see layouts/chat your other presenters without attendees having any knowledge of this. At V2, we utilize this area to keep presenter notes on the presentation, have an chat pod open amongst presenters to give cues and communicate any issue/questions that may appear during the session. It is also a great way to prep and get ready any new pods you may decide to add to your presentation on the fly. For instance if you decide to add a poll, or bring in a chat pod for the attendees you can select this in the layout menu, and it will automatically open in the presenter only view first, where it will remain until you drag and drop it into the attendee area.
Breakout Rooms in Adobe Connect allow you to separate your attendees into different virtual rooms for group collaboration. The Host simple organizes the attendees into different groups using the breakout view and starts breakouts, and like magic attendees are in their own private virtual meeting and audio conference. The Host can move seamlessly in and out of each breakout room and back to the main meeting. Once you are ready to bring everyone back, then with the same click of a button, attendees return to the main session. You can load separate presentations into each breakout group, separate chats, polls, and any other interactive elements that fit your group activity.
We highly suggest Adobe Connect Pro for your corporate trainings and internal meetings. We think you’ll find that with Adobe Connect Pro you can create interesting, collaborative virtual trainings that will keep your attendees engaged. Reach out to the V2 Crew for more info on how we can help you best utilize Adobe Connect Pro’s unique features with your training goals.
V2 | Virtual Event Manager
One size does not necessarily fit all.
One of our jobs in event production is to choose a web conferencing technology that will best fit our client’s needs. After years of testing performance and functionality, V2 is licensed and certified on the best solutions for clients: ON24, INXPO, Adobe, WebEx Event Center, Live Meeting, GoTo Webinar, Stream 57 and Lync. It is important to note that V2 has no web conferencing allegiance; technologies on our list come and go based on overall performance and as new technologies enter the marketplace. In event production there are many differentiators that drive the web platform decision process but from a high level there are two primary console archetypes; that of collaboration and that of marketing. At a granular level collaboration is generally done on ‘Progressive Download’ consoles and marketing events on ‘True Streaming’ conferencing solutions.
True Streaming – This refers to technologies which match the bandwidth of the media signal to the viewer’s connection, so that the media is always seen in real time. The word “True” is added to differentiate this type of streaming from “HTTP Streaming” (aka “Progressive Download”). Specialized media servers and streaming protocols such as RTSP are needed to enable true streaming.
Progressive Download – This refers to online media which users may watch as it downloads. Progressive download files don’t adjust to match bandwidth of the user’s connection like a true streaming format. QuickTime’s “fast start” feature is a progressive download technology.
Technology examples of true streaming consoles are ON24 and INXPO where Adobe, WebEx, GoToWebinar, Live Meeting or Lync are progressive download. Those of you wondering what the user interface differences between “true streaming” and “progressive download” just need think about YouTube and the download bar i.e., you know you are in progressive download because you cannot skip ahead and watch areas that have not downloaded. Compare this with NetFlix where you can bounce ahead in the movie the moment it starts playing.
Stay tuned next week when we will delve into why True Streaming tools are better suited toward marketing endeavors.
PS- As alluded to in the title, this is just the first chapter in the console V2 fit process, in the weeks to come we will discuss; tablet and cell phone support, meeting size, social media integration, repurposing and recording, marketing application integration (Marketo or Eloqua), E-Learning reporting (Moodle), CRM connectors (SalesForce), and finish with price.