Loyola University Chicago

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Adobe Connect Training

Adobe Connect Host Training

Session 1: Introduction to Adobe Connect for Faculty

Required in order to obtain a host license.

This session provides an overview of Adobe Connect as it relates to a synchronous online learning platform. It has been divided into three sections: Administration, Design, and Facilitation. Participants will depart with the skills necessary to start creating their own meetings. No previous experience is required.

Administration focuses on managing virtual meeting spaces. Faculty will learn how to create new meetings, populate with attendees, distribute invitations, and monitor meeting recordings. This section also includes integration with Sakai. Design showcases the tools and templates available within Adobe Connect. The presenters will demonstrate many of these features and provide suggestions for designing meeting layouts. Facilitation walks through the process of hosting a meeting. Faculty will gain a perspective on multitasking during a meeting. This may include changing meeting roles, enabling audio/video for attendees, monitoring chats, and presenting content.

This training is done completely online through the Adobe Connect platform.

Upcoming workshop schedule:

  • Feb 2nd at 10:00 am
  • Mar 2nd at 10:00 am
  • Apr 27th at 1:00 pm
  • May 30th at 10:00 am
  • Jun 28th at 1:00 pm
  • Aug 14th at 1:00 pm



Session 2: Facilitating an Adobe Connect Live Classroom Session

May be required in order to retain your host licenses.

This session builds on the foundation of the introductory workshop. Enrollment is limited to no more than five participants per workshop. The primary purpose is to provide faculty with an opportunity to practice facilitating a synchronous class session using Adobe Connect. Successful completion of Session 1 is required.

Each faculty member will lead a 5-10 minute practice segment from a lesson. This will be followed by five minutes for colleagues to provide helpful feedback to the presenter. The session will be recorded and made available for review shortly thereafter. Listed below are some ideas to consider when pulling together a practice segment. This list is by no means all inclusive.

  • Welcome and test connection: During the first class session, it is often helpful to welcome students and have them confirm their equipment is working properly. Try activating your own camera, welcoming students to the class, and pinpointing those students who are having difficulty with the technology.
  • Student introductions: Ask students to briefly introduce themselves. Practice activating audio/video for students and facilitating introductions.
  • Narrate a PowerPoint presentation: Practice uploading a PPT file in the Share pod and navigating through a series of slides. Consider using a Chat pod for Q&A and/or activating students' audio for live discussion.
  • Use the whiteboard: Practice opening a whiteboard session in the Share pod to teach a lesson or begin a collaborative activity. Consider using a Chat pod for Q&A and/or activating students' audio for live discussion.
  • Share desktop: Practice using the Share pod to "share" your desktop with students to conduct virtual tours, collaborate on documents, or perform demonstrations. Consider using a Chat pod for Q&A and/or activating students' audio for live discussion.
  • Poll students: Practice using the Poll pod to anonymously survey students on related topics. Consider using the Chat pod for Q&A and/or activating students' audio for live discussion.

Training is completely online through the Adobe Connect platform.


Upcoming workshop schedule:

  • Feb 27th at 10:00 am
  • Mar 29th at 1:00 pm
  • May 15th at 1:00 pm
  • Jun 1st at 10:00 am
  • Jul 25th at 1:00 pm


Session 3: Adobe Connect Advanced Topics and Features for Faculty

This session has been divided into multiple, 30-minute topics to provide more in-depth coverage on a wide variety of advanced meeting options. 

Preparing for Your First Online Class – Learn best practices to make sure you are fully prepared for your first online session with students.  The presenters will show how to preload your meeting room content – saving time and energy before students arrive, provide resources for quick fixes should any audio or video issues arise during your sessions, and practice using the web links and file sharing pod to distribute information and help documentation.

*Increasing Student Interactions Online – So you know how to host a meeting, but how do you get your students engaged and increase interaction during your live sessions?  Learn how to incorporate webcams and microphones into your online teaching, use multiple chat pods, poll pods, the Q & A pod, and breakout rooms all to increase engagement and diversify your online teaching experience. **Please note, this session is 30 minutes of demonstration and 30 minutes of "hands-on" exploration.

Meeting Layouts and Add-Ons – Want to add some pizazz to your meeting space with cool apps and fun meeting add-ons?  Learn where and how to download and incorporate meeting add-ons to your online teaching space including a music player, timer, doorbell, randomizer, and more!  The presenters will also review how to create multiple layouts pre-loaded with content for easy navigation and interaction with students.

Sharing Media – Screen Sharing versus the Share Pod, what’s the difference?  Learn how to share files and media with students during your online teaching sessions.  This includes best practices and how to upload video content, share audio, available resources and acceptable use.

Reporting Features and Navigating Connect Central – Have you ever logged into Connect Central at https://connect.luc.edu/?  Learn how to navigate this valuable resource including how to create meetings outside of Sakai, run reports on student attendance and polling responses, make recordings public, and bulk upload various content files so you are ready to access them through multiple meeting links.

Adobe Connect Mobile Application – Adobe Connect has a mobile application which allows users to join an existing meeting room.  The app can be downloaded on any iOS device.  Navigate to the App Store to search and download the application titled Adobe Connect Mobile.  In this training, participants will learn how to navigate and participate in meetings via a mobile device.


Training is completely online through the Adobe Connect platform.

For additional information or to schedule a session, please contact ITRS



This hour-long session is designed to help faculty currently using Adobe Connect transition to the new web conferencing system, Zoom. Time will be spent demonstrating the similarities and differences between Adobe Connect and Zoom. In the end, we will provide options for conducting a synchronous online session using Zoom.


Cohort Model

A customized cohort can be designed for academic departments with five or more individuals interested in obtaining an Adobe Connect host license. Depending on facilitator and lab availability, workshops will be scheduled at convenient times when all cohort members can participate. The sponsoring department will also have the option of whether the first session is offered online or in a computer lab. Please allow 6-8 weeks lead time before the cohort is slated to begin. For more information, send an email to itrs@luc.edu.

Annual Renewal

As a reminder, an annual audit of host licenses is typically conducted each spring. This provides an opportunity to return unused licenses back to the general University pool for redistribution. To retain your host license for another year, we ask that you simply complete the short survey each May.



For more information, please contact ITRS at itrs@luc.edu.