I was excited to see (on the Wimba Blog) that the first ever, users conference for Wimba was announced. It will take place in Orlando, Florida from March 2-5.There is currently a call for proposals at: http://www.wimba.com/connect08
Wimba offers a wide array of teaching technologies that can enhance and extend the classroom. For example, faculty can easily incorporate audio for discussions, live interactions with whiteboard technology, podcasting, instant messaging, and develop unique coursware with a variety of technologies. Best of all, these features are nicely integrated into Blackboard.
Here are GRCC, several instructors are connecting with each other and students using Pronto. If you haven’t seen it, it is an instant messaging (and audio voip) tool that is integrated with Blackboard. It provides an easy way for faculty to stay in touch with students and for students to easily contact each other.
GRCC is also using the Voice Tools product to create unique and interactive lessons for students. Several faculty are using the Voice Boards, Voice Announcements, and Voice Content to enhance and easily add audio to their courses. The Wimba Podcaster also has some potential for allowing faculty to quickly create a course podcast.
The Wimba Connect 2008 Conference should be an excellent opportunity to gather together to share best practices in leveraging the unique capabilities that Wimba offers in teaching and learning!
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