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During virtual meetings, faculty and students will engage in active discussions or have a synchronous presentation as part of their online or blended course. Having an opportunity to pace the meeting or let participants know when a meeting will start is very important. The Countdown timer lets meeting participants know exactly how much time remains before the synchronous meeting will begin or resume.

As Host you will need to download the file (Countdown.swf) to your computer before you can install it in your room. Once completed, you can setup the file inside each of your meeting rooms.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Enter Meeting Room
    1. Log into Adobe Connect Portal.

    2. Click on the Meeting link to find your meeting room. Click the URL to enter your meeting room.

  2. Add New Share Pod
    1. Once you have entered your meeting room, find the tab labelled Pods and click to open the dropdown box,
    2. Hover over the option called Share. A dropdown box will appear with one of the options being Add New Share.
    3. Click the Add New Share option.

  3. Find Share Document
    1. A new Share pod is now added to your meeting room. Click the option Share My Screen to open the dropdown box.
    2. Choose the Share Document option to find the the document, in this case, the Countdown.swf file.
    3. Share Document window will appear.

      You can add a Countdown Timer pod to Breakout rooms in Adobe Connect.

  4. Select Countdown Timer File

    1. Next, click the option Select Document to Share to find the file.
    2. Click the Browse My Computer... option to find the Countdown.swf file on your computer.
    3. Select the Countdown.swf file and then click Open to accept the file into the new Share Pod.
    4. Click OK to finish the process.

      You can also drag the Countdown.swf file into the new Share pod.

  5. Activate Start Timer option

    1. The new Countdown Timer Share pod will now appear with the Countdown.swf file inserted (see image).
    2. At the bottom left of the new Countdown Timer pod is a Start button to begin the timer.
    3. Click the Start button to activate the timer. A Stop button will appear while the timer is counting down. Click this Stop button if you wish to stop the timer before the appointed time.
    4. The default time is set at 15 minutes. You can set a time from 1 minute to 60 minutes.

  6. Change Set Time in Countdown Timer Pod
     You can change the default 15 minutes time in the Countdown Timer pod.
    1. To do so, click the Set Time button in the lower right hand corner of the Countdown Timer pod.
    2. Click inside the text box to add your new minutes (from 1 minute to 60 minutes) to the Countdown Timer .
    3. You must check the box Show timer to participants for all students to see the timer as it count down.
    4. When finished, either click Back to go to the Share pod or click Start to immediately begin the timer.

  7. Hide Countdown Timer Pod

    1. Once you have used the Countdown Timer pod you can hide it from your student.
    2. To do so, click the Pod Option icon found in the upper right hand corner of the Countdown Timer pod.
    3. Choose the option Hide and the pod will be hidden from all students.
    4. Another method is to resize the main Share pod which will cover and hide the Countdown Timer pod from your students.
    5. You can reuse the timer at different points in your virtual meeting.


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