During Web Conferencing Sessions

What are those little icons next to Participants' names?

Some of the icons that appear in the Participants panel next to the names indicate what a user is doing in the session. If a blue microphone icon appears, that user has his mic turned on and is ready to speak (or is speaking) in the session. If there’s a square with lines, the user is typing into the Chat panel. A camera icon appears when the user turns on a webcam.

A red or yellow microphone icon may appear to the right of one or more users’ names when the presentation is loading – indicating that their systems are synchronizing with the Moderator’s screen. If the red or yellow microphone icon persists that user may have a slower connection.

How do I lower or change my connection speed?
Click Edit > Preferences > Session > Connection and use the drop-down list to select a lower (or other) connection speed. This may help audio issues and overall connectivity.
Can my instructor see everyone's private conversations and if someone watches the recording will they be able to see private conversations?

Moderators can see all chat conversations whether or not they’re private (student-to-student or student-to-instructor) or to the whole room. During the recording only conversations with the entire room will be visible.