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Wimba Live Classroom and Vista

Wimba Live Classroom is a fully-featured, live, virtual classroom solution that includes audio, video, application sharing and content display. Its pedagogical design and ease-of-use ensures that educators and students engage as if they were meeting face-to-face.

Support of audio, video, application sharing, and content display is just the starting point of Wimba Classroom's capabilities. Advanced features such as polling, whiteboarding, presenter on-the-fly, re-sizable chat areas and participant lists, usage analytics tools, and MP3 downloads enable further dynamic interaction between students and educators.

Wimba Live Classroom is integrated into the course management system so it has the same look and feel as other tools, significantly reducing barriers of adoption and minimizing learning curves. Wimba Live Classroom tool appears within your Blackboard Vista like any other resource; if you know how to add content to you your Bb Vista course, you already know how to add Wimba Live Classroom!

The information on this page and more can be found at the Wimba website.

Wimba offers free online demonstrations of Wimba Live Classroom! Registration is required. To register, click here.


Wimba Classroom Offers:

Pedagogical Design:
  • Multi-way & follow-the-speaker Video
  • Persistent rooms with content for presentation planning
  • Re-sizable chat area & participant list
  • Integration within content & activity areas of leading course management systems
  • Advanced whiteboard options
  • Polling and survey capabilities
  • Usage insight analytics
Ease-of-Use:
  • High-performance VoIP
  • Multiple video inputs for classroom capture
  • Enhanced breakout rooms
  • Presenter on-the-fly
  • Single sign-on from leading course management systems
  • Streamlined user interface
Universally Accessible:
  • MP3 downloads
  • Cross-platform
  • Closed captioning support
  • Keyboard-only navigation and interaction
  • Bandwidth efficiency
  • Integrated phone conferencing

For more info on Wimba Live Classroom, visit the website: http://www.wimba.com/products/wimba_classroom/.


Wimba Live Classroom Tutorials (click on the icon for the format in which you would like to view the tutorial files)


Additional Resources

Getting Ready Guide Adobe PDF File

Success Guide Adobe PDF File

Wimba Live Classroom User Guide (Instructor/Designer) Adobe PDF File

Wimba Live Classroom Participant Guide (Student) Adobe PDF File

Wimba Customer Spotlight and Case Studies

Wimba Support Site


Recommended Web Cameras for use with Live Classroom

"It's important to note that having a camera installed is not a requirement for using the Wimba Classroom. Anyone capable of passing all the tests in the Wizard will be able to view video broadcasts from those who have cameras installed. However, if you would like to broadcast video from your location, you will need to have a camera installed. Below, you'll find a list of cameras which have been tested for Wimba Classroom.

The number of cameras available for consumers is very lengthy so we've identified a select number of popular cameras and tested them for use with multi-way video in the Wimba Classroom. Although you may have a camera which is not on the recommended list below, it does not mean that it will not work with Wimba Classroom.

Recommended Cameras
Brand
Model
Apple
iSight
ecamm
iMage webcam
Creative
Live! Cam Video IM Pro
Live! Cam Voice
Live! Cam Optia
WebCam Live! Instant
WebCam Live! Motion
WebCam Live! Ultra
Logitech
Orbit MP
QuickCam Pro 3000
QuickCam Pro 4000
QuickCam Pro 5000
QuickCam Express
QuickCam Fusion
QuickCam Messenger
QuickCam Notebook Deluxe
Microsoft
LifeCam NX-6000
LifeCam VX-1000
LifeCam VX-6000
Radio Shack
GigaWare
Unsupported Cameras
Brand
Model
Creative
Live! Cam Optia

(retrieved from http://www.wimba.com/technicalsupport, 10/22/08)."


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