• How to use Adobe Connect

    What is Adobe Connect?

    Adobe Connect is an online meeting service that enables participants in physically remote locations to collaborate using video, audio, application sharing and chat on any Internet browser. It is a good choice for inter-site team meetings, webinars, tutorials, online distance learning courses and collaboration with international colleagues and partners.

    Adobe Connect is a flexible and highly configurable tool. Both user roles and tools (called pods) can be modified to suit your purpose. Pods enable presenters and participants to interact in numerous ways, such as through hand raising, polling, Q & A sessions, private and public chat, video, audio, screen and document sharing. Anyone in a Connect room can be made a presenter. In addition breakout rooms can be created and sessions can be recorded for later review.

    To host your own meeting room in Connect you must apply for a host account.

    All Adobe Connect users are advised to use headsets rather than desk microphones (or built-in microphones) as this reduces feedback.

    We do not recommend hosting a session using a mobile device as the reduced functionality can cause problems with pod and content management.

  • Are your students based in other countries? Do you co-teach with colleagues from partner institutions? Then Connect may be for you. Connect is well-suited for online distance learning, enabling students and staff in multiple, remote locations to participate in real-time learning events much as they can in a face-to-face context. It can be used for:

    • Pre-course recruitment, orientation and induction
    • Sharing teaching resources
    • Online presentations and discussions
    • Webinars and online group work
    • Online tutorials
    • External examiners

    Connect is a good choice for meetings which require the simultaneous presence of participants in different physical locations.


    A typical use for Connect is to enable cross-site meetings for project teams, committees or administrative groups, eliminating the need for inter-site travel.


    Connect is also well-suited for meetings with colleagues and partners in other institutions, however remote they may be. Participation in a Connect room does not require a Brookes login so is available to invited guests from any country or institution, provided they have access to a networked computer.


    Connect makes it easier to recruit from a broader pool of candidates by supporting online interviews and presentations.

     Is there a general introduction to Connect?

    Yes, have a look at this:  Introduction to the Adobe Connect interface

    If it doesn't give you the answers you are looking for, try:  Further useful resources

    For student guidance, try:  Resources for students

    Who can I ask for support?

    Contact your Faculty DMeLD or the Digital Services Team

    Can I attend a training course?

    Yes, why not sign up for the next available Training workshop?


    We are currently running Adobe 9.2 which has the following system requirements:


    • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Windows 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows XP
    • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox
    • Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

    Mac OS

    • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
    • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
    • Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9*
    • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari
    • Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

    * You will not be able to use Adobe Connect on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) due to incompatibilities with Flash versions.