Tips for Joining Hangouts On Air for #CMALTcMOOC

The first step is download the Google Hangouts App to your device or go to https://hangouts.google.com on your laptop/desktop. You will need to install the Hangouts plugin for your web browser on your laptop/desktop the first time – so do this well before the Hangout is due to start!

Hangouts On Air have three modes:

1. An interactive live discussion with up to 10 connections

2. A view only live stream of the discussion

3. A recorded view only of the Hangout archived on YouTube

The discussion invite URL will have the format:

https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/5i63u3wwhza____________

The Moderator of the Hangout will send you this invite URL

The view only live stream or archive URL will have the format:

This will be available publicly once the Hangout On Air broadcast starts

To join a Hangout Live discussion you need an invitation from the creator of the Hangout – you should be sent an invitation that will popup either in the Hangouts App on your mobile device (if you are signed in with the same email as your G+ account) or via being signed in to the Web interface at https://hangouts.google.com

We will invite participants to join the Hangout discussion 5mins before starting the YouTube Live broadcast, so login to either the Hangouts App or the Hangouts web page early.

If you follow the creator of the YT Live Hangout you should get an automatic notification when the Hangout starts as well – My G+ name is +Thom Cochrane

If you simply click on the YouTube Live link for the Hangout you will be able to view the Hangout once the broadcast has started, but not join in the discussion directly  – although we will enable the text comment feature of YT Live.

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Author: thomcochrane

Academic Advisor, elearning & Learning Technologies, Centre for Learning And Teaching (CfLAT), AUT University, New Zealand. BE, BD, GDHE, MTS, MComp (Hons), PhD (Monash), CMALT.

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