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How to start using AC

Connecting to AC aka Adobe Connect (previously known as ACP)

AC enables web conferences and virtual class rooms. Multimediatools like live video, Voice over IP (VoIP), interactive simulations and spaces for group work are available. (See an introduction about AC on Adobe’s website). To participate in a virtual lecture, you need a network connection and your browser needs to have Flash. Also, you need audio on your computer. If you wish , you can test your Flash Player, network connection and plug-ins functionality at Funet service.  

At first, make sure your headphones or speakers are working properly. Also check your microphone if it is intended that you will be speaking to others during the session. When you have done this, you may continue.

1. Open your browser.
Give the web address of the AC session that you have gotten from the organizer of the session. (If the OUAS is hosting the AC session, the address looks like https://connect.funet.fi/virtualconferenceroom).

2. Choose Enter as Guest and give your name. The user name given will be visible to everyone attending the session. NB. If the session is recorded, everyone watching the recording will see your name there as well. Also all the questions and comments you might write in the chat window during the session will be visible in the possible recording.

3. If you are attending an AC session for the first time on a certain computer, it might be that the computer lacks some add-ons. If this is the case, AC will let you know about this and when you have accepted to install the add-ons, restart your browser and again open the web address of the AC session.

4. When you are in the virtual conference room, you are able to see the environment set by the conference host. The environments of different conference rooms can look very different, as the environments are highly customizable. The modules available are e.g. video windows, participators’ name list, a chat window, polls, white board and the presentation window. The size and location of these modules may vary.

5. Now you can adjust the volume. In the AC user interface, in the upper row you can see a Meeting menu. In the menu, you will find the Audio Setup Wizard that guides you to test your earphones and speakers. Clicking the Audio icon opens a menu, choose Adjust Speaker Volume to adjust the volume.

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Besides the Audio icon is another icon, a person with his hand up. This icon holds a menu with several functions, e.g. asking for the speakers attention and poll actions. All the options you choose from this menu, are visible to all the participants.

If your teacher gives you the rights to speak at the session, he/she will grant you rights to use your microphone. To be able to speak to others, obviously you need a microphone. When you have the rights, you will see a microphone icon in the upper row of the user interface. Click the microphone and choose Connect my Audio. After this, your voice should be heard. It is a good idea to mute the microphone when it is not your turn to speak. When the microphone connection is successfully made, the muting option is visible in the microphone menu that will open when you click the microphone icon.

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