Online Rooms can be used to facilitate interactive presentations in which students are not simple listening to information, but actively engaged in the material. This strategy should not be used to replace a face-to-face lecture; rather it can be used to conduct online exam reviews, library database tours, or guest speakers. Below is a list of steps and strategies for using Online Rooms to conduct exam reviews. Please review the information below and contact Amy Mangrich ( with questions or additional needs.

Navigation bar:

In order to use Online Rooms, you will only need to add [Online Rooms] to your course navigation bar. You may have already done this step, but here are a set of instructions that will walk you through the process: Adding Online Rooms to your Navigation Bar

Room Setup:

You will need to setup an Online Room before you or your students can enter.  Here are a set of instruction that will walk through these steps: Creating an Online Room in your D2L course site

In Step 7, under [Advanced Properties], select:

[Attendees raise their hand on entry]

[Moderators can view all private chats]

[Archive Mode:] to [Automatic]

If you want students to be able to use audio and whiteboard, select [Participants have unrestricted access to resources].

Online Room Tools:

In most exam review sessions, instructors will use two tools primarily, the Audio feature and the Application Share feature.Below are links to online versions of these tutorials:

Online Rooms/Elluminate Audio Setup Wizard:

Online Rooms/Elluminate Application Sharing:

In addition, if you wish to broadcast video via a webcam, here are some pointers for using video communication in Online Rooms:

Preparing to access Online Rooms:

Please inform your students that they will need high-speed internet connection and may need to be connected to the internet using an Ethernet cable, especially if you are using Application Sharing.

It is recommended that users access Online Rooms using the Mozilla Firefox browser.This can be downloaded, free of charge, at:

Also, inform your students that many companies do not allow employees to download software, so if they plan to access Online Rooms while at work, please have students visit the following website to ensure that they have the necessary permission to download and install Online Rooms/Elluminate software plug-ins and updates:

Students can make sure their computer is setup correctly by accessing the following site:

Students should check System Requirements in Step 1.Then test their connection, settings, and configure audio (if using) in the Configuration Room in Step 2.

Tips for preventing technical issues during meetings:

Additional tips for accessing Online Rooms can be found here:

The most common issues associated with Elluminate relate to Audio Communication.  Tips for using Audio Communication in Online Rooms can be found here:

If you (or your students) use the audio feature, you MUST use a microphone headset -or- if using the microphone in a laptop, you MUST use a pair of headphone to listen to the session.  Noise-cancelling USB connected microphone headset can be purchase from, here:

Practice facilitating Online Room meetings:

If you would like to practice using Online Rooms before you begin using them in your own course, you can add a fake user to your D2L course site using these instructions:

Once the fake student is enrolled in your course, setup a sample Online Room in your D2L course site.  You may want to refer back to these instructions: Creating an Online Room in your D2L course site

After adding your fake student to your D2L course site, you can use a different computer to log in to D2L using your new fake student account, then enter the Online Room to see how multiple accounts access the online room at once.


D2L 10.3–May 2015