Can I Do a Webinar With Moodle?

Webinars help bring an in-classroom dynamic to online-only learning.
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Moodle offers you a modular interface for building an online classroom. When paired with the Adobe Connect webinar software, your Moodle course can offer a webinar as a course activity. To accomplish this, you’ll need to create an Adobe Connect account and to install an additional plug-in for Moodle.

1 Setting Up Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a server-based, personal webinar system that you’ll use to create webinars within Moodle. You have two options for deploying Adobe Connect. First, you can install your own Adobe Connect server after purchasing the software, which is useful for large-scale deployments, or organizations that need complete control over the service -- but this method is not supported by Moodle. To integrate Connect with Moodle, you’ll need to purchase a hosted account through Adobe (see “Resources”).

2 Moodle Plugin Installation

By default, Moodle cannot integrate with Adobe Connect. Moodle and Adobe have collaborated on a plug-in, however, that allows Adobe Connect-hosted webinars to be added as course activities. To install, you must download the free plug-in from Moodle (see Resources) and unzip it to the “adobeconnect” subfolder you create within the “mods” folder on the Moodle system. Moodle should automatically detect the new files and install the plug-in; however, you can then go into the notification portion of your Moodle admin dashboard and see the installation of Adobe Connect. Go into the settings of the Adobe Connect plug-in and insert your Adobe Connect account information. Once configured, teachers can create an Adobe Connect webinar and insert those webinars as an activity within their classes.

Jacob Andrew previously worked as an A+ and CCNA-certified technology specialist. After receiving his BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2012, he turned his focus towards writing about travel, politics and current technology.