Webex

Webex is a web conferencing application that enables online delivery of highly interactive e-learning sessions. It is fully integrated with Canvas and supported by Miami University.

What can I do with Webex?

Both you and your students have full access to Webex, so you can use it for any sort of synchronous online meeting.

Lecture Delivery

Meet with students for live, synchronous, online class sessions.

Student Collaboration

Have students meet online in small groups to work on projects.

Guest Speakers

Have guests meet with your students, regardless of their location.

Office Hours

Meet one-on-one with students during your weekly office hours.

Where do I access Webex?

You can log in to your Webex account at webex.miamioh.com using your Miami credentials. Also, Webex is integrated with Canvas, so you will find a Cisco Webex link when you scroll to the bottom of your course's sidebar menu.

In addition, Webex provides apps for Apple and Android mobile devices, so you and your students can attend class sessions and join meetings while you're on the go.

How do I use Webex?

To get started with using Webex, you'll need to authorize its integration with your Canvas account, then enable features and tools that you'd like to use in each of your courses.

Authorizing Canvas Access for Webex

  1. Click the Cisco Webex link in your course sidebar menu. Webex's Setup page will be displayed.
  2. Scroll down to the "Authorize with LMS" section, then click the blue Authorize button. A confirmation window will open.
  3. Click the blue Authorize button at the bottom of the confirmation window. The window will close, and you'll return to the Webex Setup page.
  4. Scroll back down to the "Authorize with LMS" section again to verify that your authorization was successful. The button should now be gray, and its text should have changed to Authorized.


Enabling Webex Features

Webex provides several useful features within Canvas:

  • Classroom Collaboration: Create collaboration teams and spaces related to specific topics or projects. This is a great feature to use if your students are working on group projects. 
  • Virtual Meetings: Schedule recurring class sessions or a one-time meeting with students. We recommend that you select this feature in every course so you can schedule Webex meetings for your class within Canvas as you need them. 
  • Office Hours: Schedule and host office hours within Webex using this feature, which provides you with a calendar for setting dates and times.

You can learn more about all of these options and how to use them on the Cisco Webex Education Connector for Teachers page on Cisco Webex's Help Center website. 

Making any of Webex's three features visible in Canvas is a simple, two-step process:

  1. Select the checkboxes next to the features you plan to use in the "Choose your Features" section of the Cisco Webex Setup page. 
  2. Click the blue Apply button.

Note: Once you've enabled a Webex feature, a tab for it will appear in its Settings menu.

Enabling Attendance Grading

With the Meeting Attendance Grading tool, you can automatically award participation points to students when they attend a meeting or class session in Webex.

Be aware that once you turn on attendance grading in a course, it cannot be turned off again. It creates an assignment in your course that shows up in Grades, so you'll only want to turn it on if you're certain that you'll use it.

  1. Click the blue Turn on button in the "Webex Meetings Attendance Grading" section of the Cisco Webex Setup page. The "Confirm Attendance Grading" confirmation window will open.
  2. Click the blue Confirm button. Settings for the attendance grade will now be displayed.
  3. Select the radio button next to Turn on.
  4. Set values for attendance grading: 
    1. If you want to customize the scores for attendance grading, enter new values for present, scores, absent scores, and/or the overall attendance grade, then click the Recalculate Course Grade button.
    2. If you want to use the default scores set by Cisco Webex, you don't need to change anything. 

Ready for your first Webex meeting with students? Check out these guides on Webex’s Help Center website: 

Wondering if your internet connection is up to the challenge of running a Webex Meeting from your living room? There's a tool for that!

Test your internet

Check the Webex Global Status dashboard for up-to-date information about the state of Webex services.

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Where can I learn more about Webex?

Webex provides a wealth of online information that you can consult if you want to learn more about its features. You can also meet with an eLearning Miami learning designer if you'd like personal assistance.

Video Tutorials

Check out the Video Tutorials page in the Cisco Webex Help Center for a playlist of tutorial videos.

Text Tutorials

Visit the Cisco Webex Help Center to browse a comprehensive list of how-to articles.

FAQs

Miami's IT Services team tracks frequently asked questions about Webex in its Knowledge Base.

Privacy

Review Cisco's Trust Portal to learn how it manages its users' data.

Accessibility

Visit Cisco Webex's Help Center to learn about its accessibility features.

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