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Teaching with Technology:
Wimba Live Classroom

Live Classroom is a web conferencing system that allows faculty and students to have a real-time "meeting" via the Internet.  One can think of this as a web-based virtual classroom. Used in conjunction with Blackboard, Live Classroom facilitates building a learning community with students, particularly when one does not physically see students on a routine basis.  While Live Classroom is ideally suited for online classes, it may also be used in traditional classes as well.  In addition to a reliable internet connection, participants in Live Classroom will need a computer headset with microphone to engage in the following types of activities:

  • Two-way audio
  • Presentations including content in PowerPoint, PDF, and several graphic formats
  • Public and private text chat
  • Application sharing (by you or your students)
  • Real time polls / surveys
  • Session archives for future playback

Some potentially valuable instructional uses of these Voice Tools in higher education include:

  • Synchronous class meetings with students without travel or room constraints.
  • Promote and support student collaboration online
  • Record and archive class sessions or presentations for anytime access
  • Conduct virtual conferences and meetings with colleagues
  • Host guest speakers

The CTE offers a workshop to assist faculty members with exploring the instructional uses of these tools:  Using Wimba Live Classroom for Teaching and Learning.  Faculty members interested in learning more about how this tool might be used in their teaching are welcome to contact Britt Watwood at the CTE (bwatwood@vcu.edu).



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