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Every Elluminate session will have a moderator, who is in the driver's seat for the session, and participants, who may be other faculty or staff, or may be students. For teaching purposes, the moderator will generally be faculty, and for training and professional development purposes, the moderator will generally be staff or a guest speaker. How you begin the process of preparing for an Elluminate session will be different depending on which role you are taking.
If you are moderating an Elluminate session, appropriate content preparation and session structure will be key to the success of the session. Before you even launch the Elluminate software, think through the kind of experience you want to provide and the level of interaction you want session participants to have, then plan out a storyboard for the session.
HSU's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is here to help you learn more about best-practice approaches for teaching with Elluminate; contact CELT's instructional technologist Riley Quarles.
If you are in the College of Professional Studies, please contact Colby Smart for assistance.
You can also choose to create your session in Moodle. Contact Bill Bateman at (707) 826-4213 for more information on activating Elluminate within a Moodle course. An instructional video is also available.
Note that when you activate Elluminate from within a Moodle course, both you and your students will automatically have access to Elluminate; there's no need to download or log into Elluminate separately from Moodle.
It's a good idea to run a test session with colleagues first, to ensure every element - from invitation to post-session feedback - is working smoothly. If you have the time, you will also find it helpful to review the participant training.
Here are the steps to get your session up and running:
HSU's Elluminate license includes vRoom, an instant-meeting version of the full web conferencing application. vRoom includes all the functionality of a full Elluminate session except recording and teleconferencing but is designed specifically for small meetings with up to three people. It's ideal for office hours and other one-on-one sessions, as well as for collaborative sessions with colleagues or fellow students. Once it's set up, you can access your vRoom at any time. Just bookmark your vRoom landing page and use it whenever you wish.
When you sign up for your free vRoom, you also become a member of LearnCentral, the new social learning network for education, and the vRoom Best Practices Group, where you can connect with other vRoom users and share vRoom best practices and success stories.
Here's how to get started with vRoom: