Have you ever used Skype or MSN? Wimba Pronto is an instant messaging system aimed at educational institutions, non-archival. It is installed on all PCs on the King Alfred campus (please contact ITS if your PC doesn’t appear to have it installed). The more people who are using this software, the more functional it becomes. By the end of the session participants will know about:· How to create a Pronto account· How to install Pronto at home· Password Recovery· Customisation (e.g. appearance, status update)· Etiquette for Wimba Pronto· Holding an ‘office hour’This interactive session, aimed at all staff within the university, will focus on both the practical requirements of Pronto, but also offer opportunities to discuss innovative and appropriate situations for use.
Just another form of tool…
Synchronous e-learning, commonly supported by media such as videoconferencing and chat, has the potential to support e-learners in the development of learning communities. Learners and teachers experience synchronous e-learning as more social and avoid frustration by asking and answering questions in real time.Synchronous sessions help e-learners feel like participants rather than isolates:Isolation can be overcome by more continued contact, particularly synchronously, and by becoming aware of themselves as members of a community rather than as isolated individuals communicating with the computer.Asynchronous e-learning, commonly facilitated by media such as e-mail and discussion boards, supports work relations among learners and with teachers, even when participants cannot be online at the same time. It is thus a key component of flexible e-learning. In fact, many people take online courses because of their asynchronous nature, combining education with work, family, and other commitments. Asynchronous e-learning makes it possible for learners to log on to an e-learning environment at any time and download documents or send messages to teachers or peers. Students may spend more time refining their contributions, which are generally considered more thoughtful compared to synchronous communication.
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So, where does the group see the benefits of Wimba Pronto so far… (for teaching, for administration). Liz Stuart is going to use it for her office hours, 1 hour a week from September. and yes, we’re getting to the practical stuff now! Which learning groups does it help?
More depth coming on those shortly….
See here, can also alter the courses that you appear in….You can also get to this screen from “Account Settings” under the “Pronto” tab…
I’m always forgetting my password, so this is helpful… just need to have access to your email so that you can use the new email (or ID!).
Can connect with external people (e.g. Lloyd Stock from Wimba) trying to remember how to do this…
Note: we can also add a “Schools” tab, which will contain all of the Helpdesks that have been set up by the institution, e.g. Campus offices, library services, academic counselling, library, student services, registry, etc.
Video: user display area.Options menuBroadcast video, hide video preview buttonsCall status button, talk lock, etc.
Do you want ‘automatic promotion’ – lets the next person in the call straight in, or do you want to have a bit more control?!E.g. Students have to give a reason why they are queuing up, and you can then promote 3 people with the same query – students can also talk to each other in the queue and may solve the issue before they ever get to you… On leaving “Office Hours”, your status will default to “Available”
If you are getting no response from the student, send a chat message to ask if they can hear you, as obviously...
Wimb a pronto
WimbA Pronto, 09/08/10<br />Dr Bex Lewis<br />
Wimba Pronto: The Session<br />How to create a Pronto account<br />How to install Pronto at home<br />Password Recovery<br />Customisation (e.g. appearance, status update)<br />Etiquette for Wimba Pronto<br />Holding an ‘office hour’<br />
Do you have?<br />USB headset with integrated microphone?<br />Module on the Learning Network in which you can practice?<br />
The Big Picture: Why E-tools?<br />The tangible benefits identified through the case studies are wide-ranging but can be summarised under the following broad headings:<br />Cost Savings/Resource Efficiency<br />Recruitment and Retention<br />Skills and Employment<br />Student Achievement<br />Inclusion<br />Widening Participation and Social Equality<br />Other Benefits<br />http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/case-studies/tangible/tb-briefing-paper.pdf<br />
Synchronous/Asynchronous<br />Synchronous e-learning<br />Works in ‘real time’<br />Uses tools such as<br />Videoconferencing <br />Chat<br />Aids the development of learning communities<br />Social Learning, less isolation<br />Avoids frustration in getting fast responses to queries<br />Asynchronous e-learning<br />Occurring at different times<br />Uses tools such as<br />Email<br />Discussion boards<br />Supports work relations among learners and with teachers<br />Flexible, especially for part-timers<br />Learners can log on to an e-learning environment at any time and download documents or send messages to teachers or peers.<br />Students may spend more time refining their contributions, which are generally considered more thoughtful compared to synchronous communication.<br />http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/AsynchronousandSynchronousELea/163445<br />Image: http://www.kollewin.com/EX/09-15-11/synchronous-vs-asynchronous-collaboration-by-Ramius.gif<br />
Further Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_Z81D3Q2Kg</li></li></ul><li>Learning Situations for Wimba Pronto?<br />Group discussion...<br />
How to create a Pronto account<br />On the Learning Network: http://learn.winchester.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1203<br />Scroll down till you see this link on the right (see below)<br />Using this link for Wimba Pronto ensures that the system knows you are a member of Winchester staff/students, and makes the process of creating the ID (a one off process) very simple. <br />To access the system from there just go through your ‘start’ menu as you would for other programs. All programs Pronto<br />
Wimba Pronto<br />“Classmates”<br />Staff/Students are listed according to whether they are in a specific module.<br /> Everyone here is “offline”, but the left-hand dot will change colour as these options demonstrate. <br />
How to install Pronto at home<br />https://pronto.wimba.com/user/faces/settings.xhtml<br />“Download Wimba Pronto”<br />“Save File” (ProntoSetUp.exe)<br />Run & follow prompts<br />
Customisation: Appearance<br />Pronto Preferences Profile<br />Add <br />Email<br />Short biography (of help internally)<br />Choose Picture (it resizes it)<br />Click [+] to add web addresses<br />
Customisation: Status Update<br />Select [+]<br />Write in “Title”, note only 1st word easily visible<br />Select “OK”<br />Choose from “drop-down box: <br />
Privacy Options<br />Pronto Preferences Privacy<br />[+] ProntoID (not email address), i.e. Bex is drbexl<br />Sign in as invisible<br />Don’t show when I am typing<br />Make me invisible to anyone not in my classes or contacts<br />
Options<br />In Pronto, go to “View”<br />Show Offline Contacts<br />Show Blocked Contacts<br />Show Classmates Without Pronto<br />Sort Contacts by First/Last Name<br />Sort Contacts by Availability<br />Show Group Counts<br />Expand/Collapse All Groups<br />Show Status Messages<br />
Adding “Contacts<br />By default “Recently Added”<br />New Group?<br /> Actions <br /> New Group<br /> Choose Name<br />Drag & Drop<br />Double Click to view Bio (if added)<br />
Group Chat<br />Great for regularly used groups<br /> Actions<br /> Invite to Group Chat<br />Select Group or “New Group Chat”<br />Option to add more users<br />Awaiting connection<br />Just communicate… <br />
Add to your contacts list, in a group if desired</li></ul>Actions Add Contact<br />
Holding an ‘office hour’<br />Drop Down Box<br /> Office Hours<br />Chat Window Opens<br />Student names appear, usually with reason<br />‘Promote’/Automatic Promotion? <br />Demote or right-click on a user to remove them from the room<br />Preferably: You will need to have advised your students what time(s) you will be available<br />
Custom Office Hours<br />Add “Title”<br />Change settings, including <br />Allowing/disallowing student chat in the waiting room<br />Automatic promotion<br />not requiring a reason for entering<br />Add a custom “Greeting” for the waiting room<br />
Students can join…<br />Student double-clicks the name of the user whose Office Hours they wish to join.<br />Selects ‘Join’<br />Provides reason for joining<br />Joins “waiting Room”<br />
Ending an Office Hours Session<br />To End an Office Hours Session<br />Do one of the following:<br />Close the Office Hours Owner Window.<br />Change your status in the Status Bar to a non-Office Hours status.<br />If there are participants in the Waiting Room, the Close Office Hours window opens and gives you the option to send a message to the Waiting Room. Do one of the following:<br />Type a message in the text box and click Send.<br />Click Don't Send to end the Office Hours session without sending a message.<br />If there are no participants in the Waiting Room, a dialog appears asking you if you are sure that you want to close Office Hours. Click Close.<br />
Etiquette for Wimba Pronto<br />Have some practice sessions with others online before using for key sessions<br />Before beginning an AppShare, shut down or minimise any items which you do not want visible (e.g. Data which is sensitive) <br />Be cautious about using video & appshare simultaneously, as they are both bandwidth intensive. Be aware of users on low strength connections.<br />Arrive early for office hours to ensure that all the technology is working properly, and that you are available at the start of the session.<br />Check that your audio is working well. <br />If students are likely to be in the Waiting Room for a while, consider sending a message saying that it will be a while before you can work with them.<br />Set expectations re: the correct use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and avoid the use of “text message” speech/acronyms<br />Retain all chat logs, in case one is needed for a grade appeal, etc.<br />
More?<br />For Quick-start guides and further information go to: http://www.wimba.com/services/instructor/pronto/, or http://learn.winchester.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1203#section-9 on the Learning Network<br />
Final Thoughts: Possibilities for Wimba Pronto?<br />Group discussion...<br />