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FHS WebEx Training

Complimentary training on WebEx for FHS staff and faculty is offered twice a month. Training takes place on the following days each month:

  • The 1st Thursday of each month
  • The 3rd Tuesday of each month

PLEASE NOTE: WebEx training will not be offered for the summer of 2018. It will resume again in September 2018.

September sessions will take place on:

  • Thursday Sept 6th @ 9:30am
  • Tuesday Sept 18th @ 9:30am

Training Video

Please click here to view a previously recorded training video. This will have all of the information commonly presented in our regularly scheduled WebEx training sessions. For any questions, please contact Indushan Ariyaratnam ( with any questions.

The time of training may differ on each day (usual time is 9:30 am) and it will take place in the CSU Educational Computing Lab (MUMC 1B7). To register your interest in training, please contact Chris Skrzek at Training will only take place if there has been interest expressed beforehand. Training participants can decide if they would like to attend live, or remotely via WebEx.

Training can also be provided outside of these bi-monthly sessions, but a cost recovery charge may apply. For more information on charges and availability, please contact Chris Skrzek at

Bi-monthly complementary training sessions are available. Find the session registration below for the session you wish to join!


What is Webconferencing?

Web conferencing is a communications tool that allows real-time collaboration between students, instructors and researchers over the Internet.

As of Sept 29th, 2016, McMaster University will be fully switched over to our new software, WebEx. The WebEx interface is remarkably easy to use and learn, and it allows participants to communicate and collaborate in real-time using full duplex audio, video and text chat, as well as providing toll-free numbers for participants to connect via telephone.

View presentations or share applications on desktop systems with others in your class wherever they are located. Create registrations for events, and integrate it easily with Microsoft Outlook. It's easy to create interactive, indexed recordings of the sessions for playback later so students can review any time.

Using WebEx you can:
  • Use voice chat with a computer microphone, or a telephone using a toll-free number available in many countries
  • Use webcam video
  • Text chat with other participants in session
  • View or share PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, pictures, videos, and more
  • Create recordings of online classes
  • Share web pages, media or applications on your computer
  • Create a registration link where you can approve and track attendees in your session

Webconference Now!

I am joining a session. Do I need an account?

No. You only need the link provided by the session host.

I need an account to create sessions!

To inquire/apply for a McMaster Webex account so you can start creating your own interactive sessions, contact

WebEx Webconferencing

If you already have an account, go directly to the McMaster WebEx site.


Software Requirements

All you need to participate in a Blackboard session is the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher. You do not need to install any additional software on your machine. You will have the opportunity to download it when you follow a session link.

Hardware Requirements

Windows Systems

  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10
  • Intel Core2 Duo CPU 2.XX GHz or AMD processor
  • 2 GB RAM recommended
  • JavaScript and cookies enabled in the browser you launch from
  • Active X enabled (unblocked for IE), Java 6 or later
  • Supported browsers: IE 7-11, Firefox, Chrome (latest versions for all browsers recommended)

Mac OS Systems

  • MacOS X 10.7 and up
  • Intel processor
  • 512 MB ROM recommended
  • JavaScript and cookies enabled in the browser you launch from
  • Supported browsers: Firefox, Safari 5-8, Chrome (latest versions for all browsers recommended)


Training videos


Emergency FHS Support

If you are in the Faculty of Health Sciences, have a session that is currently running and need support immediately during business hours, you may contact:

Non-critical webconferencing inquiries

If you have any other questions relating to webconferencing, you may contact:

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