Getting Started with Webex for Teaching


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UMD WebEx is a web-based system that offers a variety of interactive features to help you collaborate and connect online.

Webex* is available on PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets, and it offers voice and audio support through your computer's microphone and speakers, on-campus phone calls (extension x33000), and off-campus phone calls to a global network of dial-in numbers. NOTE: All campus uses of Webex are subject to the UMD Acceptable Use Policy.

IMPORTANT: Certain student, faculty and staff information and privacy are protected by federal, state and other laws. Be sure you are meeting legal standards when using UMD audiovisual recording systems. Learn how to protect yourself and other UMD community members by reading this article on how to protect student privacy and personally-Identifiable Information in UMD audiovisual recording systems.

WebEx Welcome Screen

Learn the basics of Webex

Check out the IT Library article on Getting Started with Webex for Business Collaboration.  Learn how to join a meeting, host a conference call, and manage your video/audio conferencing settings with this handy starter guide.

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Create your Webex account

First-time using Webex? Go to WebEx and use your UMD credentials to activate your Webex account. Your Webex account will be synced to your ELMS-Canvas account during this process, allowing you to login to ELMS-Canvas and use Webex though the ELMS-Canvas integration.

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Use Webex with ELMS-Canvas

Webex is integrated with ELMS-Canvas and can be used to host classes, office hours, and other meetings. Additionally, a Webex link can be added to individual courses in ELMS-Canvas by going to the course's Settings menu, then dragging and dropping Webex into the course's Navigation tab. Questions about the Webex conferencing integration with ELMS-Canvas can be directed to itsupport@umd.edu.

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Choose the best hosting center for your needs

Webex provides four hosting centers with varying capabilities. The four hosting centers include: 

The training center is the recommended solution for hosting classes. For office hours and other meetings, it is recommended that you use either the meeting center or a personal room. For more information, see Webex Centers and Participant Capacity.

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Set up your Personal Room

Need to hold office hours or host a small meeting? Try setting up your Personal Room. To start, log into your Webex account, then click the Set Up Room link. You will be assigned a host PIN that can be changed at any time. Additionally, you can set your personal room preferences from the My Webex menu. Just click My Webex>Preferences>My Personal Room to change your preferences any time after you set up your personal room. For more information, see Webex Personal Rooms.

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Use the Meeting Center for small meetings

Personal room too personal for you? Use the Meeting Center instead. Like the Personal Room, the Meeting Center is designed to host meetings with a small number of participants. Get started using the meeting center with support from Webex Help Central.

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Teach a class with the Training Center

Teaching a class remotely? The Training Center is the best option when you need to host a class or training session online.  Not only can you use the training center to host classes and training sessions, you can set up breakout sessions and assign tests to get your students more engaged with the session.  For more information, visit Get Started with Training Center and get support.

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Host an event with the Event Center

Want to broadcast a presentation online to a large audience? Use the Event Center. The Event Center is the best choice when you need to share a presentation to a wide audience. With a participant capacity of up to 1000 Webex Audio devices, 500 VoIP devices, and 500 teleconferencing devices, the Event Center helps you get your presentations to largest audience possible. For more information, visit Getting Started with Event Center and get support

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Get assistance

The Support Center provides remote technical support for most Webex technical issues. Webex support representatives can work with you remotely to assess and rectify issues that can affect your ability to use Webex. For more on the Support Center, visit Webex Help Central.

If you have any questions about the university's web conferencing tool, contact the Service Desk. Questions about the Webex conferencing integration with ELMS? Contact itsupport@umd.edu.

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