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Best Practices: BlueJeans For Faculty

Purpose

This article will explore best practice and troubleshooting recommendations for faculty for using BlueJeans

BlueJeans is a cloud-based video conference service. It allows users to conduct live, multi-person conferences from a video-enabled device with Internet access. Steinhardt’s license can be accessed at https://steinhardt.bluejeans.com


Steps

Reviewing Technical Requirements
You may access BlueJeans via the BlueJeans App (more information) or from your browser. For all technical requirements see this page.

Supported browsers are (please make sure your browser is up-to-date):

  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari

Note: The first time you use BlueJeans from your browser, you will need to download a plug-in. It is strongly recommended to run a test call before your first class.

Using BlueJeans for the first time
Before your first online session, it is recommended to conduct a test call.

  1. To test the audio and video quality of your connection go to https://bluejeans.com/111/      
  2. If this is your first time using BlueJeans, you will be prompted to install a browser plugin.
  3. Click Download on the ‘Install Browser Plugin’ screen  
  4. Once the plugin has finished installing you may start your first meeting.

You may also watch this video overview:

Managing your session
As a BlueJeans Moderator you will have access to the room’s Meeting Controls (more information here). Within the Meeting Controls you will be able to chat, share content, and record your session!

  • To review how to set up a meeting, review this article
  • If your participants are not muted and causing an echo or other distracting sounds, you can mute their microphone to cancel the sound.
  • Review some of these guidelines and tips for running a successful meeting
  • Run a practice session before you teach with a friend or colleague. Practice sharing content, muting participants, and navigating the Meeting Controls.


Tips
Recommendations for your online session

  • For the best overall experience, have a wired internet connection. For example, trying to access your online class from the free wifi at Starbucks is probably a bad idea.  
  • For the best audio experience, use a headset (with a microphone if you will be leading class discussions).
  • If you are having a poor audio experience and connected via your computer, try using the telephone dial-in audio bridge.
  • If you are connecting from your office it is best to turn off the ringer on your phone and to put a sign on your door so you are not interrupted. 

Please note: Remember to include the full meeting information by selecting “Copy meeting details to clipboard” and pasting the information into your course site, or share via email with your students, as this will contain the audio bridge number.

Other Common issues:

The quality of the session (audio/video) is poor or unstable.

The quality of a session is determined by the bandwidth (strength) of your internet connection. Solutions for enhancing the quality of your session include:

  • Reducing bandwidth usage by shutting down applications such as Netflix and Remote Desktop.
  • Checking the speed of your internet connection at speedtest.net. If the upload and download values are less than 1 Mbps, then this speed may be insufficient to use BlueJeans.
  • All sessions include a telephone dial-in audio bridge. Try this out if you cannot resolve the quality of the session. For more information, please see this article.

How do I rejoin a meeting if I lose my connection?

Losing access to a meeting session can happen for a few reasons. Either your wireless connection may be overloaded, increased activity on your network, or lack of a wired connection.

If your connection drops then select the ‘rejoin’ button on the upper right corner of the log-out screen. If that does not work then try to refresh your browser.  If refreshing your browser does not get you back into the session, then you may rejoin again through BlueJeans. Remember, wired connections are best!


Resources

If you are experiencing a technical issue and require support,

User guides and videos can be found on the Blue Jeans website at bluejeans.com/support.

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