JHU has licensed software to serve as a companion to Blackboard called Adobe Connect. Connect serves as a more full featured alternative to Blackboard's built-in synchronous communication tools, Chat and Whiteboard. Connect has a much more advanced whiteboard, text chat capability, two-way audio using Voice Over IP (VoIP), and two-way streaming video capabilities. Sessions may also be recorded so that you can view all the content and interactions later if you can't make the session. It is an excellent tool for office hours, student meeting space for group projects, and occasional guest lectures.
Installation and First Access
The first time you join an Adobe Connect session, you may be prompted to install the Adobe Flash Reader if it is not already installed on your computer. Simply follow the easy on screen installation instructions for this program. This is only required the first time you use Connect on a given computer. It is recommended that you install the program in advance of your scheduled session. Please take the time to test your browser and install the Adobe Flash Reader by performing a Browser check here.
Adobe Connect Help Sheet