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

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Conducting Online Office Hours Using Wimba Classroom

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