What is happening in this picture? (wait for audience response) It’s a virtual tea party. The toddler is interacting live with her grandparents; it’s so real she’s handing them a cup of tea. Wimba takes this idea and expands on it so that people can learn and work together.
Faculty, students and staff use Wimba to learn and work together in many ways… (highlight relevant photos) for instruction, online meetings, one-to-one help and group work. On campus or at a distance You might think – we already do this just fine. Why do I need a technology platform for this?
A collaboration platform extends the reach of the campus because you can support both instruction as well as the other ways the staff and students need to interact with each other. Student engagement A lot of technology supported education has been static – about handing in assignments, or providing content or posting grades; but we know learning comes from true engagement and that requires lively interaction with other people. Opportunity to improve the quality and outcomes of existing initiatives or start new ones. And it’s easy to get going on these initiatives because it doesn’t require major redesign – you take what you would do in person and do it online. Critical Business initiatives A strategic approach to collaboration technology can also keep your institution running even when your campus isn’t. On campus class sessions or meetings can easily done virtually should you need to keep staff and students away from campus. Or if you want fewer cars going back and forth to campus to be more Green. [other topics that may be relevant are K-20 or other initiatives where campus staff need to stay connected/ do work with people not at the university – school districts, employers, field study, other universities, etc.) Cost savings, convenience and efficiency And in this difficult budgetary environment we can’t underestimate the value of saving money and time. Finding ways to do more with less; for example, how to support faculty with limited staff by cutting out the walk across campus and back to see where they’re running into problems or skipping the trip to another campus for that meeting but still getting everyone to participate.
The value of a collaboration platform comes through in lots of activities, whether they be in the instructional approach, the way we enable students and faculty to get the help they need, or by conducting meetings and professional development. You already do these things – you could just be doing them more efficiently, cheaper or with greater impact Instruction – Collaboration technology supports all instructional modalities – from enhancing distance programs, to expanding options for blended learning, to supplementing traditional classrooms with guest lecture, language labs, or recording lectures and the like. Help – Students and faculty need all different kinds of help. Usually this is one to one help or a handful of people, with sometime unpredictable timing. Could be peer-to-peer but also from experts or staffed help services. It’s important for their success that they get the help, but we don’t often find it efficient to deliver. Meetings- We get a lot more flexibility when we have the option to meet online. There are some very specific benefits for IT training where it’s important to show someone’s computer screen key strokes, but departmental and committee meetings stand to see huge benefits as well.
Wimba is very similar to how you collaborate in person! [walk audience through the steps] Whether it’s a group of people or one-to-one you’ve got to first find each other. Maybe you go a classroom; maybe you look around for someone at the student commons or the coffee shop. It’s the same online. Once you’ll see them and start talking, and you’ll probably want to show them something you’re working on together. Maybe it’s yours, maybe you want to see theirs, maybe you want to create something together like on a whiteboard. And the thing you only get when you do this online is the ability to record it, take it with you and play it back. How you want to do this depends on – who you are, who you’re interacting with, How many others, purpose of the interaction. Let’s look at a few examples…
Here we have a training situation – you’re meeting in a virtual classroom, you’ve got an expert showing you how to use a new system rolling out on campus.
Here’s a student getting help on their Spanish (could be office hours or a tutor). They’ve connected instantly one on one; and the tutor is walking the student through the conjugation on the whiteboard.
Wimba’s unique value is … - our comprehensive approach to collaboration that’s easy to rollout and support. Wimba’s solution has been proven by hundreds of education clients.
Ease of use Seamless Bb integration Hosting and implementation team will have you up-and-running quickly
Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 supports learning in your world; whether your world is a full-time traditional student looking to learn in the same way you live, or a teacher reaching students at a distance, or that of a student balancing work and school. Mobile devices, content sharing, and instant collaboration are part of all these worlds.
Introduction to Wimba (2010)
Meet (in) Wimba Massimo Gentili Vice-President of Channel Organization South Europe/Middle-East/Asia/Australia firstname.lastname@example.org Update: March 2010www.wimba.com
What’s happening in this picture? James Estrin/The New York Timeswww.wimba.com
Why a Comprehensive Collaboration Platform?Student engagement For better outcomes and competitive offeringsCritical business initiatives Pandemic, Green, Disaster Prep, Scattered Student Population…Cost savings, convenience and efficiency From reduced travel and less wasted timewww.wimba.com
Collaboration in ActionInstruction Blended and distance instruction, Lecture Capture, Language labs, Guest lecturesHelp Instructional support, Helpdesk, TAs, Office Hours, Study Groups, Special NeedsMeetings Faculty and staff meetings, Professional development, IT trainingwww.wimba.com
Easy (rollout and support)Easy to use Simple to learn Seamless Course Management integrationEasy to implement Up and running quickly No infrastructure to setup (80% client using Wimba ASP) End user support 24x7 includedwww.wimba.com
Over 1,000 Clients all over the world… …in 33 countries including: • 9 of the top 18 U.S. public universities • 8 of the top 12 community colleges • Some of the top universities and Business Schools in Europe and Middle-East. • 40% of universities and colleges in the UK • 7 the top 8 educational publisherswww.wimba.com
… and the largest Collaborative Technology Users community in Australia & South-East Asia University Australian TAFE e-Works Victoria of Monash Deakin Catholic Swinburne University Ballarat University University University of Technology University of University of the Anglican University of Queensland Southern Queensland Sunshine Coast Grammar School University of University of Australian University of Macquarie University of New South Australian National New England Defence Sydney University Western Sydney Wales University Force Academy Education.au University of Adelaide Charles Darwin Murdoch University University Massey University Southern Institute Manukau Institute Otago Polytechnic Auckland University of Technology of Technology of Technology National University Of Singapore Ngee Ann Singapore American Polytechnic Schoolwww.wimba.com
Additional Slides Product Overview & Case Studieswww.wimba.com
Wimba CREATE Create course content • A familiar authoring environment • Promote interoperable content • Leverage existing technologies • Produce easily-accessible course content Key features • Flashcards • Table of contents • Intuitive editing • Hyperlinks • Self-test study questions • Streaming audio and video • Export to standards based Formats (e.g. )www.wimba.com
Wimba VOICE Give students a voice • Appeal to different learning styles • Energize online discussions • Empower teachers • Enable language learning Key features • Voice Podcaster: Create or upload podcasts for user subscription • Voice Presentation: Add web content alongside vocal messages • Voice Discussion Board: Post and listen to voice messages within discussion boards • Voice Authoring: Record and listen to voice on a web page • Voice E-mail • Integrated Gradebook: Automatically update CMS gradebooks with voice board assessmentswww.wimba.com
Wimba CLASSROOM Bring class to life • Communicate naturally • Extend the classroom • Capture and reuse class forever • Bring teachers together Key features • Follow-the-speaker video • Public and private chat • Emoticons • Break-out rooms • Application sharing • Electronic whiteboard • Polling, quizzes, and surveys • Content upload and storage • Presenter promotionwww.wimba.com
Wimba PRONTO Expand communication • Student-to-student learning • Promote academic networking • Cultivate campus community • Strengthen tutoring Key features • Classmates auto-populated • Video and application sharing • Chat / VoIP • group chat/voice/video/app share • Helpdesks and queuing • Emoticons • Configurable contacts tab • Profiles / Avatars • Blocking for privacywww.wimba.com
Support Learning in Your “Real” World Wimba COLLABORATION SUITEwww.wimba.com
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA Challenge: • Increase accessibility to rural Georgia and internationally, enable the ability to teach anytime/where, and promote overall student engagement and learning. Wimba Solution: • Wimba ClassroomTM, Wimba VoiceTM, Wimba ProntoTM : Implemented a comprehensive learning environment, which included a synchronous and archived classroom sessions, as well as interactive voice discussion boards and podcasting. Impact: • Increased accessibility to rural Georgia, enabled faculty compliance training, and overall enhanced student learning and engagement. • Reduced drop-out rates up to 20% in online courses. “There’s virtually no difference between my online classes that are done in Wimba versus the classes I teach face-to-face.” - Michael Orey, Associate Professorwww.wimba.com
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL Challenge: • To improve content creation and empower students to create this content and enhance the VLE – Blackboard. Wimba Solution: • Collaboration SUITE (Wimba Create, Wimba Voice, Wimba Classroom, Wimba Pronto) Impact: • Students gained confidence and leadership skills • Online courses are more engaging, students consider Wimba to be indispensable • 51% students agreed that the ability to access recordings of lectures has helped learning • 77% added archives are a safety net and a valuable revision aid “Blackboard’s ability to support innovative teaching and learning has received a major boost by the release of a suite of tools developed by Wimba.” - Andy Ramsden, Learning Technology Adviser & VLE Managerwww.wimba.com 22