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  • 1. Leveraging Wimba Pronto in Teaching and Learning at Grand Rapids Community College
  • 2. Agenda
    • Communication Challenges & Opportunities
    • What is Wimba Pronto?
    • Live Demo
    • Pronto at GRCC
    • Discussion
  • 3. Communication Challenges
    • Challenges:
      • 15,000+ students that all commute , have jobs , and in many cases families .
      • Scheduling conflicts occur for out of class experiences and group activities.
      • Multiple campuses with the majority of campus services located at main campus.
      • Tutorial lab and other academic support service hours are limited .
      • Online courses require a unique set of communication capabilities.
      • Adjunct faculty have limited office space and on campus presence.
  • 4. Communication Opportunities
    • Opportunities:
      • Blackboard and Wimba Pronto provides a seamless way for faculty, staff, and students to communicate and collaborate online.
      • Flexible online office hours and informal communication opportunities provide better ways for students to keep in personal touch, see who is online, and connect with professors. (Whos Online & Instructor On Demand)
      • Wireless campus network can enable students to make use of out of class time and increase student engagement and motivation outside of the classroom.
      • Extend reach of main campus services and hours. (Help Desk, Tutoring, Internet Staff Communication)
      • Online courses benefit from real time connection and interaction.
      • ONE single unifying system for course and campus service communication.
      • Many new capabilities can be explored, such guest speakers from around the world.
  • 5. What is Wimba Pronto? (Basic Version)
    • Instant Messaging
    • Audio Chat
    • Group Chat
    • Classmates Tab
    • Contacts Tab
    • Status
  • 6. What is Wimba Pronto? (Full Version)
    • Instant Messaging
    • Audio Chat
    • Group Chat
    • Classmates Tab
    • Contacts Tab
    • Status
    • Office Hours Chat Queuing
    • Application Sharing
    • Web Video Conferencing
    • School Tab
    • Instant School-Wide Notifications
  • 7. LIVE DEMO
  • 8. Benefits of Pronto vs. AIM, ICQ, etc.
    • Why Pronto?
      • Easy to Use!
      • Classmates Auto Populated
      • Builds Rapport and Connections with Students
      • Common Platform for Academic Contacts
      • Integrated with Blackboard Courses and Organizations
      • Instructor Overrides and User Preferences
      • Don’t have to be Logged into Blackboard
      • Ability to Link Multiple Sites
      • It’s Better!
  • 9. Wimba Pronto at GRCC - Looking toward the future…
    • Emergency Notifications & Campus Closings
    • Targeted Messaging
    • Expanding Help Desk & Tutoring
    • Providing Library Support
    • Encouraging Faculty/Students
    • Web Client & Mobile Support?
    • More Collaborative Tools?
    • Web-based IM?
    • It’s only the beginning...
    • “ I’ll Pronto you…” is becoming a campus phrase!
  • 10. Thank YOU!
  • 11. Q & A