Flexible platform for active learning
One of the reasons that Adobe Connect has been such a mainstay for The Learning Guild is its flexibility. The Learning Guild can insert many types of pods structured into layouts into the virtual meeting spaces to accommodate any type of virtual event. Presenters can share screens, play video, or draw on a virtual whiteboard. Quizzes, polls, and Q&A windows allow participants to interact with the presenter and share their thoughts. Presenters can use multiple chat windows simultaneously to foster small group interactions based on topics or areas of interest.
“Presenters can use whatever platform that they want for their virtual sessions, but we’ve found that most work best as Adobe Connect sessions,” says Gleeson. “There’s such a variety of pods, so presenters can find many ways to get audiences involved.”
At the same time, Adobe Connect provides powerful tools to support conference and webinar production with greater control and ease. The production room gives hosts, presenters, and session producers a “behind the scenes” avenue of communication that is built into Adobe Connect but kept hidden from the participant view. Hosts can remind presenters about time, or presenters might ask a producer to quickly display a poll in response to an audience question.
The Learning Guild can also create templated room layouts for different types of common sessions. Not only do templates help The Learning Guild maintain a common branded feel for conferences, but having templates also reduces the time needed to create a room even further.
“The multitude of native and custom pods allow us to create almost any room in Adobe Connect, but working with room templates can be very beneficial for participants,” notes Gleeson. “Using templates allows us to keep common pods in the same area across different rooms, which means that participants can quickly familiarize themselves with rooms and navigate the interface with ease.”