Adobe Connect is a web conferencing platform that enables users to create presentations, online training materials, and learning modules. The product is entirely Adobe Flash-based and has several add-ons for customizing its software to suit each users’ unique needs. Adobe Connect for Enterprise-Wide TrainingWe have used Adobe Connect for years to supplement conference calls and project meetings. In the past year, we have started leveraging Adobe Connect as an enterprise-wide delivery method for virtual instructor-led training. Recently, we needed to train over 1800 employees all across the country on a new approach to sales and customer service. The project would have likely taken us 6-12 months using traditional instructor-led classrooms and would have required extensive travel for most participants and trainers. With Adobe Connect we were able to deploy 20 hours of training to all employees in under two months with little to no travel required.,Shared Templates in Adobe Connect help package content for convenient and consistent delivery of project and training materials. Chat pods, poll pods, whiteboards and other features encourage interactivity beyond traditional lecture format. Adobe Connect supports many file types, which enables you to pre-load several forms of multimedia for presentations, such as slides, images and video. Breakout Rooms enable a project lead or trainer to engage with participants on an individual or small group basis.,Slides and images can be pre-loaded and deployed easily, but we have noticed some buffering issues when attempting to show video as a pre-loaded file. Shared Templates offer a great way to set up and save multiple pods and layouts, however, we have encountered some issues when attempting to set up and save Breakout Rooms in a Shared Template. When demonstrating screen-share tutorials for software, some parts of the application do not always render correctly for the viewer. In our experience, this problem typically occurs with more complex, multi-window applications.,9,Rapid deployment of enterprise-wide training Scalable classrooms to accommodate large audiences Less travel for training participants and less time required away from work to attend training,WebEx Meetings,Blackboard,9,,Team/Divisional meetings Project meetings Training sessions (New-hire and current employees),Enterprise-wide training solutions Train the trainer sessions for new courses Software and billing system tutorials Recorded webinars for employees and vendors,Global training sessions Recorded webinars for assessment of training Assistance with software questions and issues,Screen and file sharing Various pods, such as Chat, Poll, Notes and Files Creating and switching between several layouts in one room,Breakout Rooms require more attention and preparation than other features Some time delay when participants share screen Larger multimedia files such as videos take longer to load and display,Yes,9Adobe Connect Simply Works!Adobe Connect is being used sporadically but globally throughout the organization. It is primarily used as a training delivery platform to supplement MS Lync. It addresses the need for a more robust set of features for delivering virtual training than are offered with Lync.,It works without any special install or plugin as all machines have flash already installed The interface is intuitive You can set up multiple layouts in advance, switch between them as needed, and they remain until you re-launch the software,You can run into system lag issues when multiple users are using the markup tools Some file types must be converted before they can be uploaded for sharing and markup It can be glitchy,8,It is easier for our Subject Matter Experts to use right out of the box It has increased the recognition of how effetcive virtual training can be,,8,100,5,Interactive training Video conferences Meetings and webinars,End users share their desktop for software troubleshooting,We plan to integrate it more fully with our LMS,Yes,Product Usability Prior Experience with the Product,I would get a better understanding of how to integrate our teleconference services to make it easier for us to record sessions as well as use the breakout room functionality.,Don't know,Change management was minimal,Who would support it? Some areas of the firm had access issues,7,No,7,We had a scale issue where we had excessive attendees at a session beyond our contract and we were able to get same day support to cover us.,content sharing markup video,mutliple whiteboarding breakout rooms,Yes,8Adobe Connect works for my group!Adobe Connect is being used as the leading web conferencing system for "external" virtual presentations. We use it in my department regularly for webinar presentations.,ease of use for participants audio integration screen sharing document sharing polling,registration audio integration with videos,9,ease of connecting with off-site staff members easy to share and edit documetns together,Blackboard,GoToMeeting,10,signing in creating a new meeting room,registration,Yes,10Adobe cannot ConnectThis was used as an eLearning tool but I found that when more than 4 people attended, the system was bogged down and latency was quite large. It ended up that the meeting had to be muted by the participants and then only one person at a time could actually speak without it dropping other people. I wasn't impressed. I think WebEx is better suited for a large group.,Good for small groups (under five people) Allows for collaboration Allows for sharing of multimedia,Fix the system so more than 5 people can be on at one time.,1,It was disasterous. We ended up using WebEx,webex,WebEx Meetings,WebEx Support Center,1,9Adobe Connect - Best in the BizWe use it to demo our financial products. Plus, I record sessions as a training resource to keep and review myself or to share with clients or colleagues. Most TR employees are using WebEx but I find it easier to use and start a meeting since the URL does not change. It allows me to do my job remotely w/o having to visit clients Face to Face.,Easy to launch a session. Easy to link my Meet Me tele conf to the room to record. Easy to share documents using File share.,Sometime the quality when sharing my screen resolution is too small or blurry. There seems to be some black space when I share so needs to be able to better maximize the screen to fit. Audio editing is not very useful. It needs to have better capabilities to trim audio and make it seemless to the listener.,7,Saved money on travel Able to train multiple people at once so saved time. Consistantcy. If I sent a client my URL he/she can use the same one next time. So, less confusion when sending the invite to the room. It is customizable; the screens can be moved around to fit your needs. Hyperlinks are dynamic on the screen so a client can just on the screen to access the data.,,8,100,1,Sales Training Internal meetings,Share recordings with clients Share recordings with internal users Play games,Webcasts scheduled events,Yes,Price Vendor Reputation,I would not.,Vendor implemented,Change management was a major issue with the implementation,Crashing Internet ssues Learning curve,7,No,7,No,I had someone in support who was a Adobe Connect project manager do some testing for me before a big event to make sure everything was working correct after a system glitch stopped a previous session. Her name was Tracy Seibel Benson.,It is customizable; the screens can be moved around to fit your needs. Hyperlinks are dynamic on the screen so a client can just on the screen to access the data. Recording the session,Setting up the audio getting clients to do the sometimes kicks them out and they have to relaunch the meeting. Sharing control of your screen.,No,7
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February 10, 2014

Using Adobe Connect for Enterprise-Wide Training

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As sophisticated a product as Adobe Connect, the ease of use is outstanding. In my experience, even a user with very little knowledge of Adobe Connect can begin using and even leading sessions with very little training to get started with the basic features. Additional training is needed to become comfortable with the number of available features, but learning curve even for those is no steeper than would normally be expected from similar software.
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April 29, 2015

Adobe cannot Connect

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I like the interface, especially for someone using Adobe products. The continuity across softwares helps with functionality.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

High quality audio (23)
High quality video (23)
Low bandwidth requirements (20)
Mobile support (15)
Desktop sharing (23)
Whiteboards (18)
Calendar integration (14)
Meeting initiation (21)
Integrates with social media (12)
Record meetings / events (23)
Slideshows (15)
Live chat (24)
Audience polling (20)
Q&A (15)
User authentication (21)
Participant roles & permissions (23)
Confidential attendee list (16)

About Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a web conferencing platform that provides standard features like video, audio, screen-sharing, polls, chat, Q&A, and document transfers, as well as the ability for users to create presentations, online training materials, and learning modules.

The product is entirely Adobe Flash-based and has several add-ons for customizing its software to suit each users’ unique needs. Some extensions that are available include, but are not limited to, Closed Captioning support, Word Cloud (for visualizing live discussions), and MP3 player for adding music to users’ meeting rooms.

Users can create or style their own meeting room layouts which can be saved. They can also add multiple chat pods, polls, quizzes, simulations, breakout rooms, HD video, and games to make meetings and online conferencing more interactive. Additionally, Adobe Connect allows for presenters and hosts to utilize a “virtual backstage” to chat and collaborate outside of the main meeting or conference. It also allows for users to go into a “preparation mode” to make adjustments right before or during a session.

Pricing for Adobe Connect Meetings ranges from $50/mo up to $370/mo. Additional webinar capabilities through Adobe Connect Webinar ranges $140/mo to $580/mo, from a webinar with 100 participants to one with up to 1000 participants.

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