A web conference is an online environment allowing people to conduct discussions, share presentations and collaborate with geographically dispersed participants. Conference attendees can interact with each other and share information the way they would in a face-to-face setting.
Share visuals – One of the most important aspect of a web conference is the ability to share visuals with each other in real time. Participants can see what a presenter in a different location is displaying on his or her computer.
Talk to each other- Participants can talk to each other with the use of a headset microphone or USB speakerphone. There is also a chat area, where participants can type to each other. Another option is to forgo the built-in voice tool (VoIP) and call meeting attendees on the phone.
See each other – Participants can see each other when using optional webcams.
To be able to join a conference participant’s computers must meet two basic requirements: a connection to the Internet and Flash loaded on their computers, which most computers have.
Possible web conferencing uses:
- Staff can hold meetings online to eliminate travel time.
- While attending a conference, faculty can hold office hours online.
- Students from different campuses working on projects can hold virtual meetings.
Watch this video on the basic functionality of Adobe Connect Pro webConferencing tool: