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Adobe Connect for Faculty/Staff
Adobe Connect enables live, interactive classes and group collaboration. This five minute tutorial gives an overview about Adobe Connect and some of the things it can do. This comparison guide compares Adobe Connect and Blackboard Collaborate.
1. Request an Adobe Connect Meeting Room
- Class use (including office hours): request a meeting room using this request form. Please request a classroom even if wishing to use an existing Adobe Connect classroom. Note: this is not the same as requesting a Blackboard course.
- Seminar room: Please go to this site to check the availability of Seminar Rooms and to reserve your room. If this this is your first time using a seminar room, contact UND Tech Support to confirm arrangements.
2. Once the request has been processed items will be added to your Blackboard course. Review the items and then make them available for students. (Class use only)
3. Complete a preflight or podium training, as applicable.
- If teaching from a home or office computer, run through the checklist. The last step of the checklist is to sign-up for a preflight. Go to this site to see available preflight times and to sign up for a preflight. Please start a chat with Live Help when it is time for the preflight appointment.
- If teaching from a UND classroom, contact Classroom Services to schedule a podium training. 701-777-6325.
Accessing Adobe Connect
To log in to an Adobe Connect room or the server, enter your NDUS.Identifier and password. Visit this website for username and password questions.
Password changes sync at 5 am daily. Continue to use the old password or Guest access until the password has synced.
Tutorials and Help Guides
Many workshops are available. Click here to view information and sign up for workshops.
- Adobe Connect 8: Jumpstart for Hosts (2min 52sec) Reviews what is found in the meeting menu, including preferences. Explains where to change Layouts and pods. Reviews audio options, camera setup and status options. It explains three different types of views available in the Attendee list and how to customize Chat options.
- Quick Start Guide for Hosts
Using the Various Pods
- Using the Attendees Pod in Adobe Connect 8 (2min 3 sec) This video looks at three different attendee pod views and what they do. It also addresses the change in how Hosts manage breakout rooms.
- Share Pod: Sharing Screens and Applications (3min 59sec) This video reviews how to share your computer screen, window or application. It includes how to add whiteboard annotations and how to give screen control to a Presenter.
- Share Pod: Sharing PowerPoint Presentations (4min 10sec) This video reviews how to share a previously uploaded PowerPoint and how to upload a new one. It explains the use of the Sync and Full Screen options.
- Creating a poll (3min 15sec) Learn how to create a poll, how to share poll results with meeting attendees, and how to analyze poll data.
More Helpful Tutorials
- Setting meeting preferences (2min 10sec) This video explains different options for preference settings in an Adobe Connect session including settings for background, room bandwidth, and pods.
- Recording a meeting (3min 29sec) This tutorial demonstrates how to start and stop a recording and how to view recordings. It explains how to edit and create offline recordings.
- Google Chrome doesn't perform as expected. When using Google Chrome, sometimes the Adobe Connect plugin loads slowly or there is an Adobe Flash player conflict between what is installed on your machine already and what comes bundled with the newest update in Chrome.
- Current Workaround: At this time we are not recommending the use of Google Chrome with live Adobe Connect classes. Please use another browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.
- Projected Resolution time: This issue should be resolved with a future Adobe Connect upgrade.
Meeting Rooms should be requested each semester. Meeting rooms will not be recycled.
Adobe Connect rooms will start being created approximately one month before the start of term. Once this window is open, Adobe Connect requests will be processed within two business days. A new Connect room will be created, and information about the Adobe Connect rooms will be added to the corresponding Blackboard course. These items will be left unavailable so that the instructor can update the item and make it available for students when they are ready.
If you need to use a Seminar Room, please contact UND Tech Support to make arrangements.
Meeting rooms are set to allow only registered users or accepted guests. With this setting, anyone who is in the IdM (Identity Management) system can log in to the room, or guests may request entry.
Users are added as participants, and instructors can set the Adobe Connect room to automatically promote participants to presenter status if desired. Hosts status is given to a user based on the request form information. In most cases, participants/presenters cannot enter the Adobe Connect room unless a Host is already logged in.
Two weeks after the end of the term Hosts will be changed to Participant status in a room.
Seminar Room access and role settings vary depending on the seminar needs.
Adobe Connect meeting and seminar rooms, recordings and associated content (uploaded PowerPoint, PDF and flash files, etc.) will be archived and removed from the Breeze server after one year plus one term. Additional information can be found on the CILT Digital File Retention policy website.
CILT retains the archived files digital files of courses in accordance with UND records management guidelines.
Content Size Limitations
Currently there are no size limitations on content associated with Adobe Content Meeting or Seminar room.
Room Titles and URLs
For reoccurring Adobe Connect meetings, the naming scheme is Term Dept###: Full Course name. For example: Spring2013 Coun522: Management of School Counseling Programs. The URL is made up of three parts: TermYRDept###. For example: spring2013swk522, fall2012coun500, etc.
The naming scheme and URL is flexible for one-time Adobe Connect meetings.
The Seminar room Title and URL will vary depending on the seminar needs and specifications.
The Adobe Connect server syncs with IdM (Identity Management) daily at 5am. For example, If a user changes his/her IdM password at 3pm, the new password will not work with the Adobe Connect server until 5am the next day.
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