Mar 242014

Here is another post on Canvas conferences that you might find helpful. In this post we’ll talk about how to join a conference and how to make sure your webcam/mic are operational.

You join a conference by going to the Canvas course Conferences section, shown on the left side of the screen, and clicking the Join button on the right side of the screen next to the listed conference.

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Canvas will launch a new tab and load BigBlueButton. Canvas will then ask for permission to access your camera and microphone. You must click Allow in order to use your camera and microphone. Some browsers may block the pop-up screen that shows the Allow request and Audio Settings. If you get no response you will need to allow the browser to show pop-up windows. You may be prompted to temporarily allow pop-ups. If so, accept temporary pop-ups and you may have to start the join process again.

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Once you have successfully given Canvas permission to use your camera and microphone, you will have the Audio Settings screen to test your microphone and speakers. Do this first before activating your video.

Start by clicking the Test or Change Microphone button to display the microphone selection screen. Make sure your microphone is selected in the pull-down list box and the speak to see if you can view the audio strength indicator. You may get feedback if you are using open speakers so using ear buds may help in this part of the test. Click close once you have established a working microphone.

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Here again, if you do not get a response, check to your browser for any additional permissions messages like this one.

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After you have join the conference with audio, you next need to share your camera.  Look for the webcam icon in the upper left corner of the screen.

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Click the icon to display the Webcam Settings screen which will allow you to check your camera and change settings before sharing with participants in the conference.

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That is all there is to joining the conference with audio and video. One other feature you may like is changing the layout of the conference. You can quickly change the layout from the default to other arrangements for meetings, webinars, video chat, and so on.

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The above should get you started.

You can also find a host of other topics on conferencing with this search link.




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