Thomas Jefferson University

Adobe Connect
(Virtual Classroom)

Jefferson faculty members enhance the learning experience of their remote students by using virtual classroom and videoconferencing technologies. The Academic Commons uses Adobe Connect software for virtual classroom services.

Most courses call for live, synchronous sessions that allow your distant students to respond and interact with you and/or your campus-based students in "real time." Adobe Connect is perfect for classes that have synchronous meetings, such as lectures, or for online office hours or review sessions.

Virtual classroom technology, using Adobe Connect, is used to host an online session with a presenter and participants in multiple locations. It supports a shared desktop and PowerPoint presentation, polling features, text chat and session recording/archiving. Audio and video may be one way or include all participants.

You can originate a virtual classroom session from your home, office or classroom computer. Remote students can sit at a PC, hear the faculty member's audio presentation and see slides as they are being shown to the class. Remote students are also able to send their questions and comments back to their teacher using a chat window. For classes that require student presentations, remote participants can be enabled to speak and present to the whole class electronically.

Note that the cost of related support services is covered for all University credit courses.

If you only teach students remotely from your office or home, request an orientation to the virtual classroom so you will be comfortable using the application before your first session with the students. Contact Educational Technologies support at

If your class takes place in a traditional classroom, but includes remote students, take advantage of our trained media support staff to coordinate the interactions of the remote students so you can focus on teaching. Contact AV Services at (215) 503-7841 or for more information.

To add Adobe Connect to your class, contact Educational Technologies. Please allow two weeks since this product is licensed on a per instructor basis.

Adobe Connect Support Documentation

Before class (Download Adobe Flash to watch the following video tutorials)

  • Audio Set-up - This demonstrates how to set up and test the audio and web cam features of Adobe Connect.
  • Uploading Content to Adobe Connect - Follow these steps to upload and share PowerPoint files (PPT and PPTX), Adobe Acrobat files (PDF), image files (JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP) and video files (SWF and FLV).

After class (Download Adobe Flash to watch the following video tutorials)

  • Administrative interface for Adobe Connect - Use this link to make your class recordings public. Be sure to save this URL in your favorites. (Log in using your Jefferson email account and the password emailed to you when your host account was established.)
  • Make your class recording public - This demonstration shows you how to make your class recording public. Making the recording public generates a URL that you will post inside your course on Blackboard so students can view the recording.