Online Rooms - Virtual Classroom Sessions

Joining, Participating, System Requirements

Virtual Classroom sessions may be used in your course for course introductions, demonstrations, lectures, collaborative work, office hours and much more. If so, a schedule of sessions will be posted on your course Brightspace site.

Joining is easy, just follow the steps below:

  1. Log on to Brightspace and access your course. Use Chrome or Firefox as your browser.
  2. Click on the Online Rooms link in the navigation bar in your course. This is often under the Communications menu.
  3. You should see a list of current and upcoming sessions. Click on the Actions icon for the session you want to join. From the menu that appears, click .
  4. Click on the Meeting Lobby Page, and then click on the Enter Meeting Room button.

There are two other ways that you may be able to enter on Online Rooms session.

  • In the Calendar on the homepage of your course, you may see a schedule session. Click on that calendar item and then click on the link.
  • Your instructor may also have provided a link to the meeting in the Course Content area. If so, navigate to that module or submodule and click on the link.
In all cases you access the Meeting Lobby Page and will enter the session by click on the image button meeting room button.

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5. A new tab will open in your browser. You will be asked to choose between joining with full audio capabilities, which would include the use of a microphone or to listen only using your speakers/headset. If you click on the microphone choice, you will be asked permission to share your microphone with the software. Click Allow.

6. You will then be prompted to complete a quick audio system check.

7. If the echo test is not successful, click on Audio Settings and choose different options available to you, and repeating the echo test until you have success.

8. Once you join, you will see the presentation space and the features and tools available to you as a Student/ Participant. You will be able to Mute your microphone, leave or join the Audio, and share your Webcam. To share your webcams, click on the Webcam icon. Toggle it (click it again) to stop sharing your camera.

To see the list of participants, click on the Participants Icon in the top left corner. Clicking it again will close the participant list. From here, you can click on your name and modify your Status. For example, raise your hand to ask a question or indicate your comprehension of the material. Your participant icon will change to show a raised hand instead of your initials.


10. Click on the Chat Bubble icon to view and participate in the chat. The icon is located at the top left corner. This is a place where you can post questions to your instructor. This is alos a place where the instructor can send you files or links to resources.

When you have receivged a chat message, the icon will change.

11. Click on the preview recording or download meeting icons to view a previously recorded session. These will be located on the Online Rooms page. Please note, archives of sessions take 24 - 48 hours from the time of the recording to appear in this listing.

System Requirements and Orientation Resources