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Grand Rapids Community College and Wimba Pronto Instant messaging in teaching and learning @ GRCC
Agenda <ul><li>About GRCC </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges and Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Pronto at GRCC </li></ul><ul><l...
About Grand Rapids Community College <ul><li>One of 28 Community Colleges in Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Established in 191...
GRCC – Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15,000+ students that all  commute ,  study ...
GRCC - Pronto <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commuter Campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student to Student Comm...
GRCC – Pronto Video
GRCC – Pronto Press
GRCC – The New Pronto <ul><li>For Faculty and Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video Conferencing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
GRCC - Looking toward the future… <ul><li>Emergency Notifications & Campus Closings </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted Messaging <...
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BbWorld'08 - Wimba Pronto & GRCC Exhibit Hall Presentation

  1. 1. Grand Rapids Community College and Wimba Pronto Instant messaging in teaching and learning @ GRCC
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>About GRCC </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges and Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Pronto at GRCC </li></ul><ul><li>Pronto Video Clip </li></ul><ul><li>Pronto in the Press </li></ul><ul><li>The New Pronto </li></ul><ul><li>Future Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. About Grand Rapids Community College <ul><li>One of 28 Community Colleges in Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Established in 1914 </li></ul><ul><li>Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Main Downtown Campus </li></ul><ul><li>2 Off Campus Technical Education Locations </li></ul><ul><li>Credit Enrollment 15,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Credit Enrollment 10,000 </li></ul>
  4. 4. GRCC – Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15,000+ students that all commute , study , have jobs , and in many cases families . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorial lab hours are limited . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduling conflicts occur for out of class experiences and student group activities and assignments. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students cannot regularly attend face to face faculty office hours . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective and timely library support and other campus student services for students is difficult with a geographically disperse campus. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student engagement and retention are top institutional concerns. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Opportunities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackboard and Wimba Pronto is an effective way for faculty and students to remain in contact , collaborate, and to build online community. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online tools can provide: motivation , flexible scheduling , repetition, confidence through practice, an increase on time on task outside of the classroom, individualized active learning experiences, more effective use of class time, saves time , and new capabilities such guest speakers from around the world. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. GRCC - Pronto <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commuter Campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student to Student Communication (Who’s Online?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructor On Demand - Quick Question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office Hours for Online/Hybrid/Traditional Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal Staff Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help Desk, Tutoring, Library, and other Student Services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pronto! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>December 2006 Pronto Basic Rollout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall 2008 Pronto Rollout </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. GRCC – Pronto Video
  7. 7. GRCC – Pronto Press
  8. 8. GRCC – The New Pronto <ul><li>For Faculty and Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video Conferencing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application Sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Queued Chat for Tutoring and Office Hours </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For the Campus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School Tab with Help Desk Functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional Notifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fall 2008 Rollout </li></ul>
  9. 9. GRCC - Looking toward the future… <ul><li>Emergency Notifications & Campus Closings </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Office Hours </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding Help Desk & Tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>Leveraging App Sharing and Video </li></ul><ul><li>Web Client & Mobile Support </li></ul><ul><li>More Collaborative Tools </li></ul><ul><li>IM is only the beginning... </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’ll Pronto you…” is becoming a campus phrase! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thank you!

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