Joining a Live Webcast Event
How you join the live event depends on how you were notified of the event. Follow the appropriate instructions provided below if you are:
Logging into Blackboard
Logging into the EchoCenter
Using a link provide via email
Click the Play button for the Live Echo
You can access the live webcast as early as 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. If you join the event before it starts, the screen displays a message indicating that the event will begin shortly, as shown below.
If chat is enabled for the event, you can enter chat text prior to the start of the event. You can also use the Pre-Event Chat Window link to show or hide the chat window. These are also identified in the above figure. You will not see these if chat is not available for the event.
The Live Event Interface
The figure below shows a sample live event window
During the live webcast, the screen is split into several sections:
- Pane number 1 shows the display -- a PowerPoint presentation or other content displayed through the presenter’s podium or laptop computer.
- Pane number 2 shows the video, often a headshot of the instructor or the classroom.
- The right side of the screen contains a pane labeled Apps, which allows additional functionality.
- Presence. Appears only if a login is required for the webcast. Allows you to see who else is logged into the webcast.
- Info & Help. Appear for both Echoes and live webcasts. Provides additional information about the section and, where available, help using the interface.
- Share & Feedback. May appear for both Echoes and live webcasts.
- If the chat feature is enabled for the event, the bottom of the screen contains a chat pane with a Submit button. You will also see questions or comments entered by other students or the instructor. If you do not see the chat pane, chat is not enabled for the event. (More information below)
- A toolbar at the bottom of the screen has several buttons:
- Hover over the microphone to show and hide the sound slider, then adjust the volume to your liking.
- Click the microphone to mute or unmute the sound.
- The timer shows how long you have been logged into the webcast, including the time before and after the event.
- Click the 1 button to show or hide the display pane. Click the 2 button to show or hide the video pane.
- Click the Conversation button to show or hide the chat pane. Click the Apps button to show or hide the application buttons.
- If you have changed the size or position, or closed of any of the panes, click the Reset button to return to the default window arrangement.
Asking Questions During a Live Event
The chat feature is only available if the webcast required you to log into the event. If you accessed the live event via a direct link, you would have been asked for a login. You may also have logged in through Blackboard or the EchoCenter for the section.
If chat is available, the bottom of the webcast screen contains a chat text box along with a Submit button. You may also see chat questions or comments entered by other students or the instructor. If you do not see a chat section in the event window, chat may not be available for this event.
- Enter your question or comment into the text box.
- Click Submit.
Your text appears next to your user name in the chat log shown on the screen. It is visible to all other users (students, Teaching Assistants) and the Instructor.
After the Event
After the live event, you can view the presentation as an Echo, the same way you view most lectures. Go to the EchoCenter page and find the Echo. Look for the date and time of the original lecture/webcast.
In the same way that remote students used chat feature during the webcast to ask questions, you can use the discussions feature to post questions about the Echo. These two features work similarly, except that the chat runs in real time, whereas the discussions provide for a more delayed response.
Any chat entries are attached to the Echo as a chat log, and can be viewed, saved, and printed from the Echo. The log includes the user name of the person who entered the text and a timestamp for the chat entry. The timestamp may provide context for the question or comment, linking it to the information being presented at the time.
To view the live chat log from an Echo of the webcast:
The chat log opens in a new tab, allowing you to review the chat entries, including the user name and timestamp for each entry. A sample chat log is shown below.
NOTE: When viewing a chat log for a webcast, keep in mind that the chat allows remote students to ask questions, but that the answers are most likely given in the webcast lecture itself rather than in the chat log. This means the chat log will not resemble an actual "conversation" and must be viewed in the context of the webcast.
If you are viewing the Echo and you have questions or do not hear the answer to a question posed in the chat log, use the Discussions feature to post the question with the Echo.