Welcomed Updates to Adobe Connect

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Reported by Barb Smith to the Meeting@PennState Notification Listserv on January 6th

Information Technology Services (ITS) recently upgraded Meeting@PennState to Adobe Connect Version 8 Service Pack 2. This upgrade offers a better user interface, including enhanced audio and video controls, unified attendee management, and optimized screen use.

Other enhancements include accessibility improvements for users with disabilities. These include screen reader support and easier keyboard navigation.

In addition, users outside of Penn State no longer have to get a Friends of Penn State account to be able to join in a meeting. They can now log on to public meetings using the Guest log on, greatly simplifying their participation In the attendee pod, participants logged on as guests are shown with a blue icon and are easily identified from the Penn State and Friends of Penn State participants, which are shown with a yellow icon. This is important information for the host, as guests can enter a meeting room using any name they wish.

Another enhancement is now all faculty and staff are able to create their own meeting rooms. Upon signing in to http://meeting.psu.edu, the new landing page for Adobe Connect at Penn State offering announcements and additional information about the service, only those with LDAP designations of "staff" or "faculty" will be auto-promoted to Meeting Owners. Staff with "member" or some other designation should contact meeting@psu.edu to explain why they need to be able to create meeting rooms. Students who want their own meeting room should contact a staff or faculty member to get a room.

For more information, please contact meeting@psu.edu or visit http://meeting.psu.edu.

Note: The next demonstration session is scheduled for January 24th, from 10:00-11:00am in https://meeting.psu.edu/r54559680/. If you plan to join the demo, it is suggested that you read through the Adobe Connect Version 8 information at http://kb.its.psu.edu/meeting and test your connection in advance with their generic test meeting room at https://meeting.psu.edu/testmeetingroom/.

To learn more, handouts are available through Penn State's Training Services site:
Help is available by emailing meeting@psu.edu.

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