Webex Meetings Update

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Cisco are applying a series of updates to our Webex Meetings platform, which include breakout sessions and cohost roles available from 26th September. Live captioning is currently being negotiated with our Webex resellers due to the costs involved. Colleagues can learn more at the Webex drop-ins running 1200-1300 daily from the join links below. The schedule is updated weekly so join when you can, and no registration is required.

October 2020

  • Thursday 1st, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Friday 2nd, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Monday 5th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Tuesday 6th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Wednesday 7th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Thursday 8th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Friday 9th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Monday 12th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Tuesday 13th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Wednesday 14th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Thursday 15th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Friday 16th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Monday 19th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Tuesday 20th, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Wednesday 21st, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Thursday 22nd, Webex drop-in, 1200-1300, Join here
  • Friday 23rd, Webex drop-in, cancelled


Breakout sessions are smaller groups that are split off from the main Webex meeting to collaborate and share ideas over audio and video. Some colleagues have been using breakout rooms in Webex Trainings which is an older technology. While Trainings is still available, it is recommended that colleagues use Webex Meetings which has a modern interface that benefits from regular updates. Please read the known issues and limitations, and note that the Q&A panel and Feedback emoticons are not available in the updated Webex Meetings.

Cohosts is the new name for ‘alternative hosts’ who can share your host-level privileges such as muting and unmuting other participants. During a meeting you can assign other meeting participants as cohosts, who can help facilitate the meeting such as by managing and joining breakout sessions. Nominated cohosts can also start a meeting on your behalf when it has been scheduled in https://edinburghnapier.webex.com. Further information about cohosts can be found on the Webex knowledge base.

Live captioning is a forthcoming feature that is part of the Webex Assistant tool that meeting hosts can turn on. Each participant will see the Webex Assistant in the lower left of their screen or hear the announcement, Webex Assistant is enabled to save audio highlights or both. Further details can be found on the Webex knowledge base. Note that transcripts are already enabled for Webex recordings.

View the Webex pages for further information about Webex in the University, including the Moodle integration and the student quick guides.