Wimba

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Module Summary

Wimba is a lecture capturing tool which can be used in both synchronous and asynchronous recording of lectures and shared in an elearning course. Instructors can use Wimba to have live review sessions with their students.

Takeaways

Learners will learn

  • How to use Wimba
  • Tips and tricks using Wimba

Main Contents

Wimba is a voice over IP (VoIP) tool available within K-State Online (learning management system) for all instructors to use. They can use the tool to collaborate, do live lectures, prerecord lectures for students in the course, conduct active virtual office hours, have question and answer sessions, practice problems, and find many other ways to use the tool. It is a suggested tool for lecture capturing for instructors at K-State without having to buy extra software.

Wimba allows an instructor to do live virtual classroom supporting audio, application sharing, and content display. When having a virtual classroom, instructors can include interactive polls, screen sharing between user and instructor, chat with students, and control the participation of students in the course and archive the live session.

Examples

Case Study at K-State: http://www.wimba.com/customers/customer-spotlights/kansas_state_masters_of_agribusiness_students_worldwide_collaborate_via_wim

Elate Wiki http://elatewiki.org/index.php/Main_Page

Instructional Design and Technology Roundtable (IDTR), Feb 21, 2007 - http://id.ome.ksu.edu/roundtable/horizon-wimba/

How To

In order to use this tool, the instructor has to install the component and run the setup in their course.

Step 1: Activate the tool in the course, by selecting from the installed components. This step ensures that tool is now available in your course under the Course tools page. The tool has two components, Wimba Classroom, which allows for you to communicate with your students synchronously or asynchronously recording a lecture by adding audio or video and Wimba Content, where your content (PowerPoint’s, excel sheets, word documents, and video) can be uploaded ahead of time and stored for future recordings.

Step 2: To begin recording, go to Wimba Classroom under Communications on the Course Tools page and select the slide from the pull down menu you want to begin recording with for the class. When recording, select the Lock Talk button option, this allows you to communicate hands free with your microphone.

Step 3: Archiving the Wimba session (If you plan to archive, step 3 is required), needs to be done before the session begins. Archiving allows each mouse movement and voice to be recorded and comes handy when you want to keep an archive for your course.

Step 4: Publish your archived presentation, otherwise your archived presentation is not available to your learners in the course.

Live Lectures

For synchronous sessions, indicate the dates and times in the syllabus when you will be live, giving notice to students to be available during those dates and times for the live lecture.

Prior to the using the technology give yourself extra time before teaching live, run the wizard on your computer ahead of class. Ask students to run the wizard setup ahead of their synchronous session for class session on their computers. If they are any problems it is better to address them before the class.

On the day of the live webinar, ask students to log in 15-20 minutes before, to test the audio/video components and make sure it is working. Explain the chat functionality and how students can raise their hands to ask questions. Explain the format of the synchronous session and the behavior protocol expected from students during the live lecture.

Beware of background noise like air conditioning, the phone/cell phone ringing; to prevent recording over these background noises in your session. If you plan to use the sharing screen feature, ask learners to click Yes or No, to indicate if they can see the shared area. Be cautious about not sharing any personal information when sharing your screen.

If an instructor will be traveling during class, they can log into Wimba from a remote location using their laptop and record a live lecture. To record a live session, click the Archive button before the session begins. Archiving sessions are important for students who miss attending class or review session.

Recorded Lectures

If Wimba is used for asynchronous lecture recording, the instructor should record all the lectures before the course begins. They can be recorded from your office computer, or at home from your laptop/computer. This option requires the instructor to be organized, and prepared before recording the lecture. Some of the live lecture principles apply here, be cautious of background noise when you record your lectures. Have your power point slides uploaded into Wimba Content, programs or websites to be used during the recording should be opened ahead to create a smooth transition of the final lecture. Test your technology before starting the recording, click the Archive button to record the lecture. Recorded lectures are helpful for instructors if they need to travel during class. They can publish these recorded lectures in the course for students to watch/listen while they are away.

Technical Requirements

There are few technical considerations before recording or using Wimba. The Wimba set-up wizard needs to be installed on the computer you plan to use to do live or record lectures. A headset and microphone is required, you will also need internet connection. If you plan to record from several computers (home and office), the setup wizard needs to be installed on each computer. Learners will also need to run the wizard on their computer once to listen, participate, or view on Wimba. A webcam is needed if you plan to add video to your recording.

Tips and Tricks to using Wimba

  • Be prepared ahead of the recording with your content, and other resources.
  • Test your audio/video before recording a actual lecture.
  • Run software wizard set-up ahead of lecture capturing.
  • Keep recording 10 – 20 minutes long. If needed, tape several shorter sessions, rather than longer ones. This makes it easier to update the content and record again, if you have technical difficulties.

Possible Pitfalls

  • The technology doesn’t work properly.
  • The server housing the Wimba sessions could be down.
  • Large files can take longer to process after archiving the lecture and not be available for publishing in the course immediately.