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Using Blue Jeans

Blue Jeans Meeting 

A Standard Blue Jeans Meeting is an interactive video conference where participants can see and hear you and you can see and hear them.

A Blue Jeans Meeting allows you to:

  • Connect up to 100 locations at once  (ie: up to 100 students in different locations)
    • If you have more than this, you must use Blue Jeans Primetime - see below
  • Share screen content such as PowerPoint or websites
  • Provide for text chat as well as spoken conversation
  • Support connections with computers, iOS and Android devices, and telephones
  • Allow participants to speak and be heard and seen by all
  • Provide for HD recording on demand

Get started by looking through the content below! 

Contact lsa-iss-videoconference@umich.edu if you have any questions or for hands-on support for your class or event.

Devices Blue Jeans will work on

  • A computer (PC, Mac, or Linux) with camera & microphone (laptop or desktop).If you have earbuds or headphones, they can be very helpful
  • A mobile iOS or Android device (smartphone or tablet)
  • A plain telephone (no video)

Set up a Blue Jeans Room

[Note: this is limited to 100 simultaneous participants. If you have more than 100 people who only need to participate by text chat (eg: a review session), see the PrimeTime section below.]

  • Click LOGIN and type your U-M credentials if requested
  • Confirm your role at U-M if it's your first Blue Jeans login 
  • Click Schedule Meeting along the left of the Blue Jeans account page
  • Give your meeting
    • A title
    • A start & end time and date
    • Invite attendees by entering their email addresses in the box provided (separate each email address with a comma)
    • Under Advanced Settings, check Start Without Moderator, so that your attendees can join and talk with one another before you log in.
    • If you have a group larger than 8, also click Mute on Entry, to help control potential audio feedback issues. Attendees can then hold down their space bar to talk freely.
    • Click Save
  • You will receive a confirmation email, which you should NOT forward, as it contains the code necessary to control/moderate any meeting you create. To add participants, return to the meeting on your account page, click Edit, add additional email addresses, and Save the result.

Connect to a Blue Jeans Room

  • Click Join Meeting in the email invitation you received
  • If the link is opened in Google Chrome, you'll be prompted to install a browser extension to enable the connection through the browser
  • Standalone apps also exist for Mac, PC, iOS, and Android. These provide the best stability and the full range of available features. Installers are at http://bluejeans.com/downloads
  • If your microphone is muted (red microphone icon on right of screen), your space bar is a push-and-hold-to-talk button. Staying muted when not speaking helps dampen any feedback in larger groups.
  • To share a presentation, website, etc., click Share Screen on the right and choose the app you would like to share, or choose your entire screen.

Blue Jeans Primetime

Live-stream your lecture or 100+ Person Meeting with  Blue Jeans Primetime! 

Blue Jeans Primetime allows you to:

  • Provide for a more controlled environment than standard Blue Jeans -- the student participants can see and hear you, but passive watchers can’t be seen or heard.
  • Connect up to 5000 people watching a Blue Jeans meeting on a stream
  • Provide text chat and a text Q&A section
  • Allow passive watchers to be promoted to active discussants
  • Provide for HD recording on demand

Contact lsa-iss-videoconference@umich.edu if you want to use Primetime or call 734-647-1534. Voicemail left there is sent to the entire team by email.