At April’s iPAD coffee club Adam Warren (Senior Learning Designer, ILIaD) joined us to demonstrate various apps in response to requests raised at previous sessions.
The conferencing tool Adobe Connect is useful for webinars and is licensed for up to 50. It can be accessed at https://connect.soton.ac.uk, and anyone with a university login can set up a meeting. To find the app, Google ‘Adobe Connect mobile’ as it’s hard to find in the App Store.
Each meeting has a unique URL and anyone with the access code can join the meeting, or it’s possible to set it up so that users ask to join and are then approved. The presenter(s) can share their own screen(s) with the participants, as well as sharing an individual’s screen with the group.
The iSolutions MLE team have created guides which cover the basics for Adobe Connect. For more advanced features such as breakout rooms, polling etc. the Help button (top right) in Connect provides detailed guides.
Adam also demonstrated some of the Student Response Systems that allow students to vote or engage in interactive activities during a taught session, using their laptop or mobile device. There are 250 ResponseWare licences currently available, that allow students to use their phones or devices to answer questions as they would have done with clickers/zappers previously. iSolutions have a Turning Point help page, and Turning Technologies provide many useful guides and videos.
An alternative in-class polling system, Vevox (formerly known as MeeToo) is free for up to 100 students. You can read Adam’s reviews of various systems.
Do join us for the next session which is from 10:30am-11:30am on Tuesday 21st June, in LF8 as usual.