Leveraging Wimba Pronto in Teaching and Learning at Grand Rapids Community College
Communication Challenges & Opportunities
What is Wimba Pronto?
Pronto at GRCC
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.
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.
What is Wimba Pronto? (Basic Version)
What is Wimba Pronto? (Full Version)
Office Hours Chat Queuing
Web Video Conferencing
Instant School-Wide Notifications
Benefits of Pronto vs. AIM, ICQ, etc.
Easy to Use!
Classmates Auto Populated
Builds Rapport and Connections with Students
Common Platform for Academic Contacts
Integrated with Blackboard Courses and Organizations