Wimba Classroom Daniel ChristianCIT > Teaching & Learning April 21, 2009
Agenda • What is Wimba Classroom? • Why do I care? • What can I do with it? • How do I kick the tires on it?
What is Wimba Classroom? • Web-based collaboration tool • Videoconferencing • Audio-conferencing • Interactive whiteboard • Chat • Application sharing • Students/colleagues do not have to have the software that you are working with (or vice versa)
Why do I care? • The world is changing ever-more rapidly; the rate of innovation & change is staggering! • It’s like atidal-wave that’s alreadyhitting our beaches.
Why do I care? (cont’d) • A mere handful of examples: • Academic Earth | iTunes U | YouTube.edu | StraighterLine • Open Courseware | OpenEducation.net | Learn10 | italki.com | Live Mocha • Learn Physics Through Open Courses • K-12 Online Learning | Virtual High Schools | WiloStar3D • YouTube Orchestra Melds Music Live and Online | Polycom and Manhattan School of Music | audiolife.com | IndababaMusic.com • Changes in training & development as well as doing business in the corp. world • Mzinga | Web Conferencing Council | Viack.com
Why do I care? (cont’d) • Because we need to: • Be ready for the changing K-12’ers • Prepare our students for the world they’re about to enter – our culture/modeling affects that • Stay connected / informed – our knowledge-bases must be top-notch! • We need to build our worldwide professional networks • Use cost-effective tools
What can I do with Wimba Classroom? (cont’d) • Build your global academic & professional networks • Host – or be a – virtual guest lecturer • Host virtual committee/group meetings (400-500 people can attend simultaneously) • Produce recorded lectures, explanations, clarifications on assignments, etc. • Offer virtual office hours, group study sessions, web-based tutoring • Create & participate in professional development opportunities • Lower Calvin's environmental footprint • Meet with prospective students via the Internet • Significantly reduce travel costs
How can I kick the tires on this? • Email me at Daniel.Christian@calvin.eduor call me at 526-6647 -- to request your own Wimba Classroom course • Review the pages at: • http://www.calvin.edu/it/academic/tools/wimba/ • http://www.calvin.edu/~dsc8/wimba.htm • Wimba Tech Support: • 866-350-4978 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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