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Wimba Basics for NDSU Extension/REC Fall Conf.


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An introduction to NDSU Extension's live virtual classrooms called Wimba. This PPT gives the viewer the basics on how to be a Participant.

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Wimba Basics for NDSU Extension/REC Fall Conf.

  1. 1. Wimba Classroom Participant Orientation Extension/REC Fall Conference 2010
  2. 2. What is Wimba Classroom? • Wimba Classroom is a live, virtual classroom environment with features that include audio, video, application sharing and content display. • Can be used for any kind of collaboration such as meetings, classes or continuing education. • Way to engage as if you are face-to-face. • It’s a time saver, as well as a money saver, because travel can be greatly reduced by using Wimba Classroom instead of meeting in person or over videoconferencing.
  3. 3. • Wimba can handle up to 300 participants • Optimal up to 70 participants How many participants?
  4. 4. Receive E-mail • FOR PARTICIPANTS OUT IN THE STATE • WIMBA INSTRUCTIONS • Microsoft Windows users, use Internet Explorer or Safari. • Macintosh users, use Safari. Mozilla Firefox does work but issues can occur. • If you’ve never done a Wimba session, be sure to run the setup wizard at a day or so before to make sure it’s working on your end. 1. After you’ve run the setup wizard, 10 or 15 minutes before the session is to begin, go to click on "Participant Login" Room ID: NDSU_Ag Name: your name and office – for example, “Becky Koch, Ag Comm” 2. Once you are logged in, select "NDSU Ag Communication" (fourth from top) and you will enter the “room” where the meeting is taking place. 3. Feel free to resize any of the windows or move the video window around. 4. Audio will be one way. You can hear the presenter, but to ask a question, type it in the chat box. It will then be shared with the presenter. That means you don’t need a headset or phone, just computer speakers. 5. If you can’t make the live presentation, you can follow the Wimba directions above but then click on archive in the upper right corner. Or ask the coordinator to e-mail you the archive link. The archive will be available a couple hours after the live meeting takes place. • To learn more about participating in Wimba, go to: • The most important links to get you stated are the "Participant - Getting started quick reference," the "Equipment Required" and the "Wimba Login." If you have questions about Wimba, contact Scott Swanson or 231-7086.
  5. 5. Equipment Required • Headset with a microphone attached. Do not use the built in microphone on your computer or webcam as it can cause echo and other audio problems. • Webcam (if you wish to broadcast video) • Internet Connection  DSL/Cable recommended • Internet Browser  PC: Internet Explorer , Firefox  Mac: Safari (preferred), Firefox
  6. 6. Before You Begin –Turn off any pop-up blockers. • Turn off Google or Yahoo toolbars. • Run the Setup Wizard - this will check your audio and computer set-up.
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  8. 8. Set-up Wizard Once you log into the room - this will be the first page you see. Prior to entering, click on the Setup Wizard and go through the steps to ensure your computer is ready for the presentation. Note: Setup Wizard will check your computer and your audio connection. It does not check your camera connection. You will need to test that yourself by clicking on the camera
  9. 9. Lobby • Once you have logged in, you will enter an area referred to as the “Lobby”. • Find the room you were invited to and click on it.
  10. 10. If headset fails – back up audio plan is the blue phone. Click on it for phone number to call along with PIN access. If audio or video fails, it may be corrected by clicking on Disconnect Media. Click on it again to reconnect. Click on Audio Inputs to ensure what is checked here matches your equipment Click on Options for Media Options Menu
  11. 11. Media Bar
  12. 12. Text Chat
  13. 13. Participant Area
  14. 14. Status Indicators Circle – clear – allows users to re-set their status Bird – away Thumbs up – approve Thumbs down – disapprove Exclamation point – surprise Question Mark – confused Hands clap – applause Smiling face – laughing >>> - faster <<< - slower
  15. 15. Wimba Classroom Websites • Wimba Classroom Links • • -click on Web Conference, then Wimba Classroom, then Training Resources • Choose – Presenter Guide 6.0 (PDF) Application Sharing (PDF) Content Display (PDF) Web Page Display (PDF) Getting Ready Guide (PDF) Success Guide (PDF)
  16. 16. E-mail me your request for name/password along with your name and department: Wimba Login page: