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Wimba and Web Conferencing for Instruction

Wimba Classroom is a web conferencing application that permits real time (synchronous) delivery of course material, as well as recording and archiving of sessions for later (asynchronous) viewing. In Wimba Classroom, you can talk to students real-time, deliver presentations in PowerPoint and a range of other graphic formats; engage in public / private text chat; share desktop applications for demonstration and instructional purposes; push web pages to participants; use a live whiteboard for drawing and annotation; conduct real time polls and surveys; and/or build sessions to be accessed and delivered directly from Blackboard. It is also a great way for bringing guest speakers in virtually from anywhere on the globe.

Another useful tool is Pronto, which gives you Skype-like text and audio connections with the students in your class – a useful tool for virtual office hours! This workshop will give you hands-on instruction on using these software tools.


By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Describe the basic functionality of web-based conferencing tools.
  • Effectively use Wimba Classroom and Pronto for instruction.
  • Differentiate between appropriate tools to match your instructional context and objectives.

Session Overview


For more information, contact Britt Watwood (8-1896 or bwatwood@vcu.edu).

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