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Wimba Presentation Tool

Have you ever wanted to present web-based content to your class in the form of a presentation, make a statement or explanation about the pages, and then have your students reply with their own ideas and comments? Now you can with Wimba Presentation. Wimba Presentation is one of the many tools offered within the Wimba Voice package. Wimba Presentation gives instructors the ability to present web-based content along with adding text and voice messages. Wimba Presentation is a balance between presenting a slide show with the capabilities of the Wimba Voice Recorder. Wimba Presentation allows an instructor to add multiple “slides”, where each slide can contain a different website. Once a slide has been added, the web-content is then displayed in a window where the website becomes fully interactive, this giving the student or instructor the ability to navigate through the page.

Why use Wimba Presentation in a course?

  • Build engaging course content
  • Author narrated web tours
  • Add energy and interactivity to class presentations and discussions

How can a Wimba Presentation be used within a course?

  • Present web-based material (YouTube videos, websites, online PowerPoint Slides, etc).
  • Have students comment on the material.

Each semester you include a Wimba Presentation, please be aware of where the presentation is hosted. All Wimba Presentations are hosted on the Wimba server. Therefore the presentation will always have the same link and information. If an instructor is teaching 2 sections of the same course or is copying courses from semester to semester, and would like students to comment on each presentation slide; due to the presentation being hosted on the Wimba sever the students in both sections or courses, will see each other’s posts. Therefore, if wanting to use the presentation in multiple sections of a course, this instructor will need to recreate the presentation in each course to prevent this from happening.

If you are interested in implementing any of the Wimba tools in your course and need training, please contact an Instructional Designer at your campus. Tutorial videos for all Wimba Voice tools can also be found on the EdTech Blackboard Support blog at http://sjcblogs.sanjac.edu/edtechbb/trainings-and-tutorials/

Wimba Authoring and Voice Annoucements

Have you ever wanted to record voice instructions for a test or project, a micro lecture for your students, or maybe even a voice announcement? Well, you can! With Wimba Authoring and Voice Announcements you can do all of these things. After you have learned how to use Wimba’s simple interface, you will be ready to use any of the Wimba tools which are implemented into Blackboard.

The focus of this discussion is on Wimba Authoring and Voice Announcements. What is the difference between these two tools? Wimba Authoring is a tool used primarily in the content area of a Blackboard course, which allows for a voice recording of up to 20 minutes.  Voice Announcements are used only under the announcements section of a Blackboard course, which allows for a voice recording capacity of also 20 minutes. It is important to note that the ideal length of an audio recording is less than 10 minutes.

Both Wimba Authoring and Voice Announcements work primarily the same way. When adding this tool in your course the recording bar is exactly the same throughout all Wimba products. To use this, you simply click the red circle to record, and when finished click the square stop button to stop the recording. Once you have recorded information you can hit the green play button to listen to your recording. If you do not like the recording, you then have the option to re-record your message. Below is a screen shot of what the Wimba recorder looks like.

Many of the Wimba tools use this simple recording interface.

Why would we want to use these tools in our courses? By using voice tools, this allows students to feel more connected to their instructor, and for them to feel there is someone on the other side of the computer screen. Using voice tools makes a course more engaging for a student. By using different tools throughout a course this will set your course apart from others, and will give an additional perspective and interaction within the course.

How can we use these tools in a course? Below are some examples of how to use these two tools, but are not limited to this.

Voice Announcements:

  1. Welcoming students to the course.
  2. Instructions on how to get started in the course.
  3. Converting written instructions or announcements to voice instructions.

Wimba Authoring:

  1. Introducing the instructor to students at the beginning of a semester.
  2. Micro lectures.
  3. Instructions on completing a project, papers, or taking a test.
  4. Pre or Post comments about an assignment.
    1. Ex: If you are seeing consistently wrong elements in papers, this tool can address the class on these mistakes and to clarify your expectations.

If you are interested in implementing any of the Wimba tools in your course and need training, please contact an Instructional Designer at your campus.

Wimba: An Introduction

WimbaAs today’s students learning styles are changing, instruction should continue to evolve with them. Students want and/or need to be more engaged in the classroom, this being no different in online instruction. By engaging students in an active, collaborative, and authentic learning environment they will become more involved and invested in instruction. San Jacinto College is helping engage students with the use of Wimba. Wimba is a series of tools that integrates through the Blackboard Course Management System.  According to Wimba’s website (www.wimba.com), “Wimba focuses on innovative collaboration solutions that empower educators to engage students for enhanced learning, improved outcomes, and increased student retention.” Wimba has developed a multitude of products designed exclusively for education.

Over the next couple of months I will be blogging a new series of all Wimba tools San Jacinto College has purchased for use through Blackboard. I will talk about the tool, a basic overview of how it works, and ways each tool can be incorporated in a course.

Wimba tools available for use:

  • Wimba Authoring: Recording and listening to voice on a web.
  • Wimba Voice Discussion Board: A discussion board with the ability to post and listen to voice messages along with text.
  • Wimba Presentation: The ability to add web content along with a voice message.
  • Wimba Pronto (coming soon): An instant messenger that integrates text, audio and video conferencing,   application sharing, whiteboards, and is automatically populated of classmates from Blackboard courses.
  • Wimba Voice Email: Send and listen to voice through an email message.
  • Wimba Podcaster: Create podcasts for users to be able to subscribe to through an RSS feed, or listen to through Blackboard.

So, check back on a weekly basis for more posts on Wimba, and other tools and ideas that can be used in a face-to-face/hybrid/online course.

If you are interested in implementing any of the Wimba tools in your course and need training, please contact an Instructional Designer at your campus.