Understanding the Adobe Connect Meeting Interface

The (default) Adobe Connect meeting interface can be broken down in to several key sections. Adobe Connect uses the term ‘pod’ for each section, for instance the ‘webcam pod’, ‘attendee pod’, ‘share pod’, etc.

Default Meeting Template

The default UoS Meeting Template screen for an Adobe Connect meeting will look like this. The screen can be divided into 5 main sections:

1 – Audio Video Tools. This is where you can turn on or off some of the audio visual tools used in Connect. For instance you can enable or disable your webcam, microphone, and speakers. You can also change your status (for instance to raise your hand).

2 – Webcam pod. This is where you will see any webcams which are being shared in the meeting. Note that to share your webcam you will need to click on both ‘Start My Webcam’ and ‘Start Sharing’.

3 – Attendee Pod. This pod allows you to see who else is in the meeting, and also allows you to manage attendees (for instance promoting users to presenters, or changing enhanced rights so that users can use tools such as the whiteboard).

4 – Chat Pod. This pod can be used to chat with other users in the meeting. You can either send chat messages to everyone in the meeting (default) or you can use the drop down box to select individual users to send a message to.

5 – Share Pod. This is the dominant pod in this particular layout. This is where you can share documents and other materials. There are a number of options for sharing, allowing you to share your computer screen, a specific document, or a collaborative whiteboard area.

6 – Layout Options Pod. If you are a host, this area will allow you to change between the three default meeting layouts. You can choose between ‘Sharing’. ‘Discussion’, and ‘Collaboration’. You can also add additional layouts if you wish.