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Your Canvas course websites have a built-in, easy-to-use web conference option that will allow you to host a web conference. There is no technical limit on number of participants; HUIT has tested the conferencing tool for up to 100 participants and it has worked well.  See the following instructions for using Canvas web conferencing. If you have any questions, please contact TLC at the HLS Library: tlc@law.harvard.libanswers.com

  • Canvas Web Conferencing:

o   To enable conferences on your course, go to “Settings” on the left navigation and click the “Navigation” tab at the top of the page.  Drag and drop the “conferences” tab from the bottom section (disabled section) to the top section (enabled section).   Remember to click “Save” at the bottom of the page. Note that once you create a conference, students will be able to see and click the “Conference” tab on the left course menu and see your conference.  They won’t be able to join the conference until you actually start it.  For step-by-step instructions on starting and hosting a conference, see:

o   For students:

  • Joining a conference:  https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10689-4212712451
  • Participating in a conference:  https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10547-4212119672
  • Telling students about the conference:  students will NOT get an automatic notification about the conference, therefore you should email them or post an announcement about the conference on your Canvas course website (or both).
  • Note: The Canvas web conferencing option requires Flash to run.  You’ll be prompted to click to allow Flash before the conference opens. if you or your students have trouble enabling Flash, click the word “secure” next to the URL address in your browser (top of screen) and change “Flash” to “Always Allow”.