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Webconferencing at Northwestern University, powered by Adobe Connect, allows users with Meeting Host Accounts to host meetings over the Internet with up to 100 participants. These participants can join from any desktop or laptop computer with a high-speed Internet connection and a web browser with Adobe's Flash Player installed, which is free and available for download from Adobe's website.

This service is ideal for meetings as Webconferencing supports live audio and video and features desktop, application, and file-sharing. Events can also be recorded for later viewings or for participants unable to attend.

Additional Features

In order to take full advantage of the audio and video features of webconferencing, Meeting Host Account holders should have access to a microphone and webcam. For more information on purchasing these items, contact your local technical support or the IT Support Center.

Be aware, however, that there are current known issues with the quality of integrated audio with Adobe Connect Pro. Northwestern IT has provided some suggestions for reducing the frequency of these issues on the Webconferencing Quick Reference page, as well as alternatives ways to include audio in your webconfernce.


Adobe charges an annual fee of $144 for a Meeting Host Account. New orders will also be pro-rated based on the date of purchase. See table below for Meeting Host Account activation charges:

Month/Period Activated COA Charge
December 1 - February 28 $144
March 1 - May 31 $108
June 1 - August 30 $72
September 1 - November 30 $36

How to Order

To order a Meeting Host Account license, complete the Webconference Meeting Host Account Order Form. After the order has been received, your order will be processed within five business days and a Meeting Host Account will be created for you. Once payment has been processed, you will receive an email with your account name and password.

NOTE: By ordering a Meeting Host Account, you are agreeing to commit through the license cycle, which begins on December 1 of each year. Licenses are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another user with a valid NetID by completing the Webconference Meeting Host Account Order Form.

Last Updated: 13 August 2018

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