How do I use the Conferences interface as a participant?
Once you have joined a conference as a participant, the Conference interface contains multiple tools to help you have a successful conference. Conferences uses web real-time communications (WebRTC) audio for users of Firefox and Chrome.
You may be asked to participate in a conference as a presenter or moderator. For additional information about using the Conferences interface as a presenter or moderator, please view the Conferences chapter in the Canvas Instructor Guide.
Use Conferences Interface
The conference interface contains a variety of tools to help you moderate your presentation. Each area of the interface is created within its own window.
When you enter a conference, the conference interface displays the default layout.
Resize Conference Windows
Each window within the interface is independent of the others. You can resize the windows to personalize your viewing experience. To change the size of a window, hover over the edge of a window until the cursor becomes a double arrow, then click and drag to your desired size.
View Conference Tools
In the menu bar, you can view the name of the conference . To easily manage the conference, you can mute or unmute yourself , disable audio (if enabled) , and share your video . You can also view conference shortcut keys  and get help with conference options in the BigBlueButton website .
To leave the conference, click the Logout button  or close your browser tab or window.
The Users panel displays the users in the conference. The name of the presenter displays the presentation icon . The name of the moderator, if any, displays the moderator icon .
Your name is highlighted in blue. The icon next to your name shows how you are participating in the conference: microphone or listen only .
To set a status for yourself, click the Status icon , then select your status . You can set your status as raising your hand (such as if you have a question), happy, neutral, sad, confused, or away.
The Presentation window displays the presentation from the presenter . If the presentation is available for download, you can download the presentation by clicking the Download button .
The presenter may invite you to use the multi-user whiteboard to interact directly in the presentation . If the toolbar is not available in the window, the multi-user whiteboard has not been enabled.
View Chat Window
The Chat window contains the welcome message for the conference and contains all the chat messages throughout the conference.
You can chat with all of the participants in the conference by typing text in the Chat window . To start a private chat with another participant, click the Options tab .
View Chat Options
To open a private chat, click the name of a user in the conference . The chat window will create a new tab with the user's name.
In the options tab, you can select the chat message font size  and set an audible chat notification . You can also download the chat transcript as a text (.txt) file  and copy the chat contents .
Note: Chat contents must be downloaded or copied before the conference has ended.
Select Viewing Options
You can customize your conference experience at the bottom of the window. You can change the language displayed for the conference , select a layout , and set the conference to a full-screen window .
To choose from a number of preset layouts, click the Default Layout drop-down menu:
- Default Layout: displays the Users, Webcams, Presentation, and Chat windows
- Closed Caption: displays the Users, Webcams, Presentation, Closed Caption, and Chat windows
- Video Chat: Displays the Webcams window
- Webcam Meeting: Displays the Webcams, Chat, and Presentation windows
- Presentation Meeting: Displays the Presentation, Chat, and Webcams windows
- Lecture Assistant: Displays the Users, Chat, Presentation, and Webcams windows
- Lecture: Displays the Presentation windows
- Shared Notes: Displays the Users, Shared Notes, Presentation, Chat, and Webcams windows