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  1. 1. Effective ways to use Wimba <br />Zoaib Mirza<br />Effective ways to use Wimba <br />1<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />Introduction<br />Prepare yourself and your students<br />Wimba used in online courses<br />Wimba used in on-campus courses<br />Conclusion<br />Demonstration<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Introduction<br />Wimba Classroom<br />Wimba Classroom is an online meeting room which allows students and instructors to interact with each other. It supports text chat, voice, video, white-board, archiving, and desktop sharing.<br />Wimba Classroom is now integrated in Blackboard.<br />Currently additional Wimba tools like Wimba Create, Wimba Pronto and Wimba Voice which are not offered or supported by DePaul.<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Introduction<br />Wimba Classroom has five components<br />Content Frame or Whiteboard displays content, such as PowerPoint slides, images, charts, and text. The displayed content is controlled by the instructor through Presenter’s Console.<br />Presenter’s Console allows the instructor to lead a live presentation. It allows you to display content, start an archive, manage breakout rooms, and share applications.<br />Media Bar provides both audio and video options for a live presentation.<br />Text Chat Area allows text chat which can be public and/or private.<br />Participant Areadisplays a list of all the participants. There are different tools in this area which allows the student and instructor to interact with each other.<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Introduction<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Prepare yourself and your students<br />Software – Minimum Requirements<br />Windows 7, Vista, or XP; Mac OSX 10.4+<br />2 Gigabytes RAM<br />IE 7.0+, Safari 3.0+, Firefox 3.0+  (Browser must be Java and JavaScript enabled)<br />Access to high-speed network connection. Do not use a wireless connection.<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Prepare yourself and your students<br />Hardware<br />Headset with microphone that plugs into your sound card (not a USB connection). Do not use desktop speakers and a stand-alone microphone, it creates feedback.<br />Webcam <br />Pop-up Blockers<br />Pop-up blockers prevent Wimba from launching properly. Click on the link to learn how to disable pop-up blockers: https://host.softworks.ca/Agate3/blocker/disable-blockers.htm<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Prepare yourself and your students<br />Setup Wizard<br />First time users should run the Setup Wizard to make sure that necessary software is installed on your computer.<br />Alternative way to participate<br />Dial-in using your cell phone or landline.<br />Provide the phone and pin number to your students.<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Prepare yourself and your students<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Prepare yourself and your students<br />During a collaborative Wimba Classroom<br />Inform your students about the format of your session.<br />Do not encourage them to use the Text Chat Area while you are presenting or speaking.<br />Explain them how they can participate when you ask questions.<br />Encourage them to use the tools available in the Participants Area like Handraising and Yes/No Indicator. <br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Wimba used in online courses<br />Post a welcome video – archived.<br />Give an overview of the course – archived. <br />Set online office hours.<br />Coach students who require more attention.<br />Encourage students to interact with each other to complete group assignments.<br />Invite guest speakers.<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Wimba used in online courses<br />Schedule collaborative Wimba sessions to: <br />Review and reflect posted discussions in Blackboard.<br />Discuss key concepts which were identified in previous completed modules/weeks.<br />Create breakout rooms for group discussions and activities. <br />Project presentations.<br />Share desktop to show course specific applications. Example MS Excel, MS Access or MS Project. <br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Wimba used in online courses<br />Do not:<br />Lecture.<br />Use lengthy PowerPoint slides.<br />Conduct a session for more than 2 hours.<br />Schedule more than 5 collaborative Wimba sessions in a 10 week course.<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Wimba used in on-campus courses<br />Instructors can invite guest speakers who cannot come on-campus or reside out of state.<br />Archive explanations of applications or procedures which you feel students will refer to occasionally.<br />Students who miss a class can remotely participate.<br />Students can complete their group projects by working collaboratively in Wimba Classroom.<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Conclusion<br />Remember the purpose of using Wimba Classroom. <br />It is quick and easy for instant collaboration. <br />Brings faculty and students closer.<br />Do not use it to lecture.<br />Limitations:<br />Does not work effectively with a wireless connection.<br />Use of both video and voice can slow or freeze the Wimba Classroom. <br />Archiving is not always successful.<br />Archives cannot be moved or copied over to any other course.<br />Breakout rooms are not archived.<br />Can be cumbersome if you have 20-25 students.<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Demonstration<br />Effective Ways to Use Wimba<br />16<br />

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