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Teaching with Technology:
Wimba Voice Tools

Wimba Voice Tools is a comprehensive suite of tools integrated into Blackboard that give faculty and students a broad range of opportunities to communicate and interact within their course sites. Using a simple software interface, faculty can now add verbal announcements, explain complex material, highlight important concepts, send voice emails, or author mini-lectures with PowerPoint or web-based supporting material.  Language instruction can be enhanced through the use of online asynchronous threaded voice boards.  The Voice Tools suite consists of:

  • Voice Boards – audio discussion board
  • Voice Emails – send voice messages via email
  • Voice Direct – voice conferencing
  • Voice Recorder – record audio content
  • Voice Presentation – Integrate voice narration with web content
  • Wimba Podcaster – Record or import audio and publish as a podcast

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

  • Live discussions with distant student populations
  • Enhanced communication to support student collaboration
  • Ongoing debate and discussion without the need for text-based processes
  • Virtual office hours
  • Create engaging supplementary course content that can easily be reused
  • Enhanced foreign language instruction by emphasizing speaking and listening

The CTE offers a workshop to assist faculty members with exploring the instructional uses of these tools:  Blackboard: Communication Tools.  Faculty members interested in learning more about how these tools might be used in their teaching are welcome to contact Bud Deihl at the CTE (wdeihl@vcu.edu).

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