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Adding Voice to Blackboard



Presentation given to Richmond faculty and staff as introduction to Wimba Voice Tools

Presentation given to Richmond faculty and staff as introduction to Wimba Voice Tools



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Adding Voice to Blackboard Adding Voice to Blackboard Presentation Transcript

  • Adding Oral Communication to Blackboard
    • Oral Homework Submission
      • Students can record directly into Blackboard
      • No file format issues
      • No file naming issues
    • Podcast Creation
      • No need for blog to create feed
      • Podcast available within and without Blackboard
    • Voice personalizes the course
    • Voice helps auditory learners
    • Oral homework develops students’ presentational communication skills
      • Students can explain process or procedure
    • Oral discussion boards help prepare students for class discussions
    • Oral discussion boards can be used as oral learning journals
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    • “ It provided a more spontaneous medium to allow more flowing expression of thoughts and feelings to be shared.”
    • --from study of use of Wimba Voice Tools at the Duke School of Nursing
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    • Use a good microphone
    • Run the Setup Wizard before recording
    • When possible, set Good or Superior Quality
    • Set reasonable time limits for recording
      • Oral homework: 2 – 3 minutes assigned; 5 minutes set as limit
    • Decide upon privacy settings
      • Voice Board discussions can be private
      • Privacy good for instructor feedback
    • Set clear objectives for using voice
      • Build community
      • Begin class discussion
      • Create oral journals
    • Structure activities so students aren’t ‘talking into a void’
    • Determine evaluation criteria
    • Accessible through the Control Panel
    • Only available to instructors
    • Possible uses:
      • Welcome message
      • Explain a concept or assignment
      • Avoid SHOUTING in a text announcement
    • Voice Board
    • Wimba Podcaster
    • Voice Email
      • Choose whether students can see this tool
      • To all students, all instructors, all users, or selected users
    • Not assigned to any specific content area
    • Student-to-student communication
    • Oral homework for instructor evaluation
    • Threaded oral discussion
    • Can include typed text
    • Students cannot import audio files
      • Get more spontaneous speech
    • Preview and/or summary of class discussions
    • Comments on student presentations
    • Audio blog / learning journal
      • Discussion threads can be private
    • Listen from within Blackboard or subscribe
    • Only instructors can import audio files
    • Text information can be included; it should appear in ‘lyrics’ field
    • Choose whether or not students can post directly
    • Combine web sites and audio
    • Give a tour of an important site
    • Annotate a web-based image
    • Explain a problem solution, etc.
    • Public or private comments on ‘slides’ are possible
    • Downside: all graphics must be associated with a URL
    • From Palomar College: