Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Digital Teaching & Learning

Quick Start Guide for Participants

Before you enter an Adobe Connect Virtual Room:

Test your computer prior to attending a meeting. Head to this diagnostics page provided by Adobe, to see if your computer and browser can use Adobe Connect.

This Connection Test checks your computer to make sure all system requirements are met. If you pass the first three steps of the test, then you are ready to participate in a meeting. If you do not pass the test, perform the suggested actions and run the test again.

I. Join a Meeting

Plan to arrive in a meeting at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. This way you may test audio and become familiar with the layout of the new meeting.

  • Click on the link sent to you by the meeting organizer/host or enter the URL into your favorite web browser.
  • The meeting login screen appears. Enter your Loyola username and password to log in. Non-Loyola participants can Enter as a Guest, type in your first and last name. Click Enter Room.
  • The meeting launches in your browser. If the meeting host has not yet arrived to the meeting or meeting security requires the host to approve your attendance, you will be placed in a waiting room.
  • Once the meeting host accepts you into the meeting, the meeting room interface appears.

II. Meeting Audio

Audio Setup Wizard Run the Audio Setup Wizard to ensure that you can hear all meeting sounds and speak using your microphone—if required to do so.

Select Audio Setup Wizard from the Meeting Menu and run the sound check, recording and test silence.

Next, in the main menu bar, click the microphone button . As you speak, sound waves appear in the button icon, indicating audio level.

(Optional) To the right of the microphone button, click the menu button , and choose Adjust Mic Volume if you are too loud or quiet. Or choose Mute My Mic to temporarily stop broadcasting (for a cough or other interruption).

Note: When an attendee is broadcasting audio, the microphone icon  is displayed next to their name in the Attendees pod.

III. Share Webcam Video

The meeting host may ask you to use your webcam to share video. When this is the case, a button enabling you to share your webcam will appear on the video pod. To share your camera, make sure your web cam is plugged in and click the Share My Webcam button. Adobe Flash may prompt you for permission. After granting permission, a webcam video preview appears. If you’re happy with the preview, click Start Sharing to share your video with all participants.

You can also click the webcam icon in the Application Bar to access your webcam and preferences.


IV. Change your Status

Within a meeting, you can also change your status to provide feedback to the presenter and other attendees. When you set your status, an icon appears next to your name in the Attendees pod.

  • To change your status, click the arrow on the Status Options dropdown list on the Application Bar and select your desired status option.
  • If you select an option above the line such as Agree or Step Away, you status remains until you choose Clear Status.
  • If you choose an option below the line such as Speed Up or Applause, your status automatically clears itself after a number of seconds.


V. Chat

To send a message to everyone, simply type your message in the chat pod and hit enter or click the send icon.

If the meeting host has enabled private chat, you can send messages to a specific attendee or group within the meeting:

  • To do this, use the Attendees pod to hover over the name of the attendee you’d like to chat with, and select Start Private Chat. Alternatively, you can use the Pod Options menu in the top right hand corner of the pod to select an individual or group by clicking Start Chat With.
  • Private chat messages show up in additional tabs to make it easy to distinguish between private and public chat.

Note: If the meeting host is not using a Chat pod, then all messages are moderated and private chat is not available.