This page, which is frequently updated, offers information on using Webex for synchronous web conferencing.
Webex can be used for:
After logging in to JMU Webex for the first time, you will be able to use Webex in Canvas by signing in to Canvas. You will find the Webex menu item in any of the Canvas courses that you teach, under Account Settings/Conference Settings. You will be able to schedule Webex meetings or training within Canvas if you see all green checkmarks as shown in the screenshot below.
Then follow the Host a WebEx session in Canvas tutorial to schedule Webex video conferencing for classes.
Students will sign in to Canvas with their eID, find your class, and locate the Webex course menu, and join the meeting/training on the day/time of the class video conferencing, as illustrated by the screenshot below.
Note: For students, using Webex for the first time will prompt them to download extensions, plug-ins, or an app to be able to join your video conference. Send your students our student-oriented Webex instructions in advance, so that they can have their computer ready.
By default, jmu.webex.com has the camera/video option turned on for all @jmu.edu users. However, camera settings can vary depending on the web browser and operating system that is being used. Students may need to adjust settings in both their browser and in Webex itself.
Adjusting video/audio settings in browsers:
Adjusting video/audio settings in Webex:
Participants in Webex Meetings or Webex Events will then be able to adjust their audio/video settings using this interface after selecting Speaker, Microphone, and Camera...
Option 1: Breakout Rooms within Webex Training Sessions
Scheduling a Webex training session in your Canvas course will give you the option of using virtual small groups called Breakout Sessions (see screenshot below). IMPORTANT: Breakout rooms do NOT support video. Only audio and text chat are available for Breakout Room communication.
Here is a tutorial on setting up and facilitating breakout sessions in Webex (created by VU Collaborate).
Option 2: Encourage students to schedule their group meetings with jmudukes.webex.com
Support students to take learning ownership by setting up their own Webex meeting rooms at jmudukes.webex.com. Share the group meeting link by copying the Webex Meeting information from jmudukes.webe.com and pasting to the Canvas Group area so that their peers can join the group meetings.
Here are instructions for using Webex breakout rooms. Important things to know before getting started:
Visit this Webex page to learn how to view your external camera/microphone in Webex on Google Chrome.
Visit this page from MIT to learn how to set camera/microphone permissions on Firefox.
You are welcome to try Zoom instead. Learn more about Zoom at JMU here.
You and your students may already use one of these web-based communication and collaboration tools, which are not supported by JMU: