CoverUnit 1. About this bookFour reasons not to require students to be on webcam all the timeQuick resources about pedagogy and technology that may be helpful to shareForewordAcknowledgementsUnit 2. Examples of whole-class activitiesCreating a mindful learning environment using Adobe ConnectCreating community agreements collaboratively with online students: Reasons, anti-racist considerations, and logistics in Adobe ConnectThe use of a large chat pod to encourage chat participation about particular questionsUsing large slides and a smaller chat pod to focus attention on mini-lecture contentCreating opportunities for student voice in online classes by using polls for feedbackUsing polls to guide class check-in timeUsing a poll and a second chat pod to wrap up the class sessionAdobe Connect status icons: A useful feature to increase engagement Bringing all students onto webcam together for special circumstances: Using a large video podUsing PowerPoint portrait-oriented slides to maximize content sharingGroup presentations in Adobe Connect: Using an extra wide video pod and dedicated second chat pod for Q&ALive drawing using a second webcamUsing a large webcam pod and large chat in a panel view layout: How to create a custom virtual stage for successful guest speaker presentationsDedicated chat pods for simulated client role play video exercise in an online skills-based lab“Good point. I agree.”: Challenging students to create “thoughtful contributions” in classA Moment of Action: Opening an inclusive, engaged, and trauma-informed classroomIn-class breaks: The importance of taking a break during online classes and considerations for break activitiesCommunity-building in Adobe Connect: Using layouts and different pods to facilitate games and icebreaker activities Building online class community through photos and storytelling“Student Spotlight” Activity: Cultivating an Empathetic Online CommunityUsing emojis in Adobe Connect to encourage student engagement AHA moments: Connecting online course content to field educationUsing layouts to facilitate guided mindfulness, meditation, and yoga in Adobe Connect classroomsMindfulness and the engaged online classroomChair yoga in the online classroom Using PhotoVoice as a teaching tool in the Adobe Connect classroomUsing a creative award presentation to review semester content and leave a lasting impactCreating a virtual quilt: A final class activity/toolUnit 3. Examples of small-group breakout activities and debriefsEnriching classroom discussions with breakout roomsEnhancing student engagement in the 10-minute breakout activity: Pre-assigning groups and rolesShowing note pods from breakout groups in one layout to debrief or monitor progress of a breakout conversation: Using a birds eye view setupKWL charts: How to implement this teaching technique in the Adobe Connect online classroom Breakout exercise for collective syllabus annotation in Adobe ConnectConcept mapping: Bringing Universal Design for Learning to the Adobe Connect classroomAn example of using the whiteboard for small breakout groups in Adobe Connect: “Draw Poverty”Scripted role play in Adobe Connect: Practicing clinical skills in an online classroomDimensions of self care: Exploring clinical issues for social workers in an online classroomThe use of polls to facilitate post-role play exercise debriefing discussions in an online skills labEnding a course with gratitude: A unique and memorable activity acknowledging student contributions to the class communityAppendixAuthor biosAdditional resources about online education from our authors
Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions

Group presentations in Adobe Connect: Using an extra wide video pod and dedicated second chat pod for Q&A

Short description

Teaching & learning goal

In this case example, I focused on building group presentation skills which are a useful tool for preparing students for group work and group presentations in their professional careers. Additionally, by using a flipped classroom I was able to center the students as the expert, an alternative to top-down instructor-led lecture.

Activity and results

How it started: When I first started using Adobe Connect I was intimidated to use pods in ways I had not seen before. I continued using the familiar lay-outs until I used a group assignment which meant I would have more people on-camera than I was used to. At first I set up the Adobe Connect room as I had traditionally used it (Image 1), with the Video Pod in the top center; however, after all 5 participants had come on camera their images became quite small. Further, I had trouble digging through chat trying to identify specific questions for the presenters while also paying attention to the presentation I was grading live.

Issues: Some students use laptops with smaller screens, so it was possible that students could not properly see the presenter speaking when using smaller pods. Additionally, using one Chat Pod may become challenging when digging through the chat for specific questions for presenters during the proceeding Q&A.

How it’s going: Because I allowed students to rehearse prior to their presentation students were quick to come on camera and audio without issues, and they were not overwhelmed by the unfamiliar layout visible when I moved them to the Presenter Role. Next, by enlarging the size of the Video Pod I was better able to ensure visibility of all group presentation members for students. By minimizing the Attendee Pod and thus allowing a bigger area at the bottom, I was able to fit two Chat Pods: one for support and kudos to the presenters and one dedicated to Q&A. This enabled a quick transition to Q&A, and allowed me to focus my attention on grading. Further, it had the added benefit of giving presenters a view of the questions as they came in, which may facilitate their preparation of responses and support those who find it helpful to see the questions in writing.

Technical details and steps

Step 1: Students submit group presentation prior to class

Step 2: Prepare Adobe Connect room for a group presentation

Step 3: Have students enter Adobe Connect prior to class to rehearse and adjust layout if needed

What this looked like in Adobe Connect

Image 1: A smaller video pod would not allow a large enough space for more than 4+ on-camera presenters. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 1 Alt-Text: This image includes a video pod with an image of the presenter in the top corner. The image is of a woman wearing glasses with dark hair. The attendee pod is below it, an example of a student presentation slide as a large share pod is centered and a smaller chat pod below it. In the host & presenter areas is a pod for presenters and hosts as well as a timer or "stage lights". 

Image 2: The larger video pod, spread across the top allowed space for more presenters while not sacrificing visibility. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 2 Alt-Text: The video pod includes an image of the presenter in the center. The image is of a woman wearing glasses with dark hair. The attendee pod is below it on the left hand side. An example of a student presentation slide as a large pod is centered and a smaller chat pod below it; however, to make room for the now larger video pod, the share pod and the chat pod are smaller. In the host & presenter areas is a pod for presenters and hosts as well as a timer or "stage lights". 

Image 3: The lengthened video pod and extended chat areas prioritizes student engagement with the presentation and the presenters, and reduces the focus on the Attendee pod. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 3 Alt-Text: The image is of two women with dark hair, one is wearing glasses. Exactly like in Image 2, the attendee pod is below it on the left hand side. An example of a student presentation slide as a large pod is centered. In Image 3 there are 2 smaller chat pods below it; one is for open chat, the other is for questions for the presenters. In the host & presenter areas is a pod for presenters and hosts as well as a timer or "stage lights". 

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Aparna Balasundaram for her time and the use of her face in these screengrabs.

Suggested Citation

(2022). Group presentations in Adobe Connect: Using an extra wide video pod and dedicated second chat pod for Q&A. In , , , & (Eds.), Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions: Using Adobe Connect to Maximize its Pedagogical Value. EdTech Books. https://edtechbooks.org/designing_engaging_interactive_synchronous_online_classes/group_presentations_layout
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