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Conducting Online Office Hours Using Wimba Classroom

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This online workshop provides a brief introduction of Wimba Classroom and explore best practices of conducting online office hours using Wimba Classroom. Session archive is available at …

This online workshop provides a brief introduction of Wimba Classroom and explore best practices of conducting online office hours using Wimba Classroom. Session archive is available at http://www.niu.edu/facdev/programs/archives.shtml

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  • 1. Conducting Online Office Hours Using Wimba Classroom Jason Rhode, Assistant Director Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center
  • 2. Do you hear the presenter?
    • If yes, please select the button
    • If no, please select the button for assistance
    For technical support, please call toll free (866) 350-4978 To dial-in for audio by phone (201) 549-7592 this is not a toll-free number PIN: 44200090
  • 3. General Guidelines
    • Raise hand to ask a question or ask via text chat
    • Please only click when asked to volunteer
  • 4. Agenda
    • Brief introduction to Wimba Classroom collaboration tool
    • Getting acquainted
    • Why online office hours?
    • 10 tips for smooth online office hours
    • Configuring online office space using Wimba Classroom in Blackboard
  • 5. Wimba Classroom Interface Content Frame Presenter’s Console Text Chat Frame Participant Frame Branding Frame Audio and Links
  • 6. Maximize Your Screen Click this button
  • 7. Wimba Classroom Overview
    • Opportunities for live collaboration with and among learners
  • 8. Features Include
    • Voice Presentations with PowerPoint
    • Text Chat
    • eBoard – Synchronous Virtual White Board
    • Desktop / Application Sharing
    • Web Sharing
    • Polling
    • Breakout Rooms
    • Archives
  • 9. More Features…
    • Accessibility
    • eBoard Integration with Sympodium
    • Presenter Video Sharing via Webcam
    • Integration with Blackboard
    • Import New Content On-The-Fly to Share
  • 10. Where Are You Connecting From?
  • 11. Why Online Office Hours?
    • What benefits do you see to offering office hours online as opposed to face-to-face?
    • What challenges or limitations do you foresee you might encounter?
  • 12. Possible Reasons
    • Flexibility
    • “ Green” solution
    • Less hassle (travel, parking, etc.)
    • Time Savings
    • Recreating successful elements of F2F communication online
    • Ability to archive for future reference
    • Comfortable means of communication for many students
    • Others?
  • 13. Questions to Consider
    • How are you currently using f2f office hours?
    • What is your purpose for online office hours?
    • Is attendance mandatory?
    • What incentive do students have to attend?
  • 14. What is Your Purpose?
    • Answer student questions
    • Introduction/conclusion to unit of study
    • Online lecture/presentation
    • Guest presentation
    • Other?
  • 15. Why Use Wimba Classroom?
    • Integration with Blackboard
    • Screen sharing
    • Access anytime/anywhere
    • Instructor control of settings
    • Breakout rooms for private discussions
    • Archived audio can be exported as .mp3 and distributed as podcast for mobile access
  • 16. Example Use in Fully Online Course
    • Office hours each week from 8-9pm
    • Attendance strongly encouraged
    • Session archived
    • Roll call activity
    • Introduction to the module offered
    • “ Points to Ponder”
    • Questions posed for synchronous discussion to stimulate asynchronous discussion
    • Additional Q&A
  • 17. Sample Welcome Slide
  • 18. Sample Roll Call Slide
  • 19. Top 10 Tips for Online Office Hours
    • 10. Establish a consistent day/time
    • 9. Set expectations
    • 8. Be on time (early!)
    • 7. Have a welcome slide on whiteboard
    • 6. Practice before your first session
    • 5. Have a plan B for when the technology doesn’t work
  • 20. Top 10 Tips for Online Office Hours
    • 4. Archive the session
    • 3. Have students prepare to participate
    • 2. Encourage interaction throughout
    • 1. Remind students of the availability of the sessions
  • 21. Demo in Blackboard
    • How to configure a virtual office room
    • How to place a link to the room in the Blackboard course navigation menu
    • ** Please make sure your screen is maximized for optimal viewing of the demo**
  • 22. More Details
    • www.niu.edu/blackboard/resources/wimbaclassroom.shtml