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Wimba: Desktop conferencing
Kerry Trabinger, CIT with Thalia (virtually) and some Netspot comments
This was a passionate and well presented (and somewhat impromptu) session about using virtual classrooms by someone who is clearly very experienced and good at doing so. I turned up late, tearing myself away from the wired connection in my office to going into untethered lecture theatre territory. However I had picked Adam Sandler's tweet to say that the virtual European presentation (which I was curious to see how it would go) and that Kerry was presenting Wimba instead.
- Showed basic tools in CIT's implementation of Wimba (hosted/supported by Netspot) by conducting a live presentation with Thalia @ CIT.
- Tooks include: Video chat, text chat, customisation of who can do what
- Desktop sharing
- Facilitating Learning Online class
- PD training
- Multi-campus meetings
- Apprentice students who aren't on-campus (could be rural)
- Bandwidth: Broadband for video/desktop sharing; if not broadband then can still use audio
- Can also have a phone line backup
- "You get what you pay for": These experienced users emphasised various troubles in deploying with free audio/conferencing apps and say that they have had fewest problems with Wimba
- Recording - can be done so that it can be interacted with asynchronously
- Attendance record? In Moodle, u can set to record attendance, polls, and reports
- Interactive polls
- Wimba price? This was the fishiest part, as it often is. The question was asked, a vague answer was given and I asked several people over lunch who could shed no further light.