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Wimba - Sharing Content
Teaching Synchronous Online Course Sections
Wimba Classroom is web-based virtual classroom used to communicate with students and participants over the internet in a synchronous environment. It can be used to collaborate via chat, microphone, or webcam and share applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint. Entire sessions can be archived for distribution at a later time. This guide will help instructors share slides and applications as well as work with the eBoard.
Content in Wimba
Different Types of Content
Presenters can display several different types of content to their virtual classroom. Files uploaded into Wimba can be displayed in the content frame, the eBoard or the branding frame in the bottom-right corner. Not all files can be uploaded into Wimba. Wimba will only accept and understand:
However, you are able to share documents, applications and windows on your Desktop with the Application Sharing option. This will minimize Wimba on the Presenter's computer screen (in order to show the desktop) but the participants in the classroom will see whatever the Presenter is sharing.
Finally a presenter can use the eBoard as a virtual whiteboard for collaboration or annotation. The eBoard can be enabled for all participants in the classroom for synchronous work.
Share Uploaded Content
The Presenter's Console
Content you have previously uploaded using the Administrator's Tools can be viewed and displayed using the Presenter's Console. This is a panel to the right side of the Content Window and is sometimes called the Slide List. It is only accessible to Presenter's Console, so Participants can't control what content you are displaying.
You can select what folder you wish to view by selecting the dropdown menu at the top of the Presenter's Console and then hitting 'Go'. These folders can be created, modified and deleted before you begin in the Administrator's Tools section. You can select content from other Wimba rooms by selecting 'More Folders' near the bottom of the console.
Once you have selected a folder with uploaded content in it, you can control which slide you wish to display to participants by selecting the name of the slide. This will display, or 'push' the slide to the content frame, allowing others in the room to see it. You can also step through each slide in that content folder sequentially by using the yellow arrow buttons at the top of the presenter's console.
Wimba uses the term 'slide' for all kinds of uploaded content, not just PowerPoint files. An audio file or a PDF file might also be a 'slide' inside a folder.
You can preview the slide before pushing it out for all to see by selecting the small 'P' to the left of each slide name. After previewing the slide, you can display it to the main room or any Breakout Rooms.
Slides should appear to participants quickly after pushing the slide to the room, but keep in mind that this virtual classroom is happening on the internet, and some participant's connection speeds will be faster than others. The students with faster connections will see the content slide before those with slower connections.
Next to the 'go' button is an option that will allow you to upload a PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) file immediately from your computer, without having to go back to the Administrator's Tools page. You have fewer options when uploading with this method, but if you have a last minute PowerPoint that you need to get up right away, this is a faster option.
Share the Desktop (Application Sharing)
Desktop sharing is a great tool when you need to share something that can't be uploaded into Wimba or if you need to demonstrate something you are doing to your students. Desktop sharing essentially turns your entire computer screen into a video that other participants can view.
The down side to desktop sharing is that you will not see the Wimba screen while you are sharing the desktop, otherwise it would be 'shared' as well and participants would see both their wimba screen and the presenters at the same time, which is quite confusing. The other problem to note is the bandwidth that sharing the desktop takes up. A strong connection to the internet is recommended otherwise the shared desktop will appear slowly and with a low resolution. Due to this problem, playing a video on your screen while sharing your screen will usually give very poor results to those trying to view the Wimba class.
Start Desktop Sharing
To begin desktop sharing, select the 'Share' button at the top of the Presenter's Console.
This will bring up an AppShare Status window which will allow you to select which desktop you wish to share: your own or some other participant's in the classroom.If you select a participant's desktop that is not your own, they will receive a request to share their desktop. No presenter can automatically share someone else's desktop without their consent.
Hit 'Begin Sharing' to start the desktop share.
The AppShare application will ask you exactly what you would like to share:
End Desktop Sharing
To end desktop sharing you must bring up the AppShare Status window which has probably been minimized to your task bar. Select 'End Sharing' to stop the broadcast. You can then return to your Wimba classroom which was also minimized while you where sharing your desktop.
Share the eBoard
The eBoard is a virtual whiteboard with a selection of graphic and text tools allowing live annotations on either a blank white board or on certain content which can be posted on the eBoard (usually powerpoint slides).
The eBoard can be brought up by selecting the 'eBoard' button at the top of the Presenter's Console. Furthermore, slides can be pushed to the eBoard to allow annotation on top of them.
Here is a list of the eBoard tools available to the presenter.
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Enable the eBoard for Participants
Choose the Enable button at the bottom of the eBoard Tools to bring up the Enable/Disable window. This window will allow you to select individual participants and give them the right to use the eBoard tools, or all of the participants at once.
To enable a participant, select their name from the list and when it is highlighted, select the 'Update' button. This will move that participant from the Disabled list to the Enabled list, or vice versa. You can also select 'Enable All' or 'Disable All' to move everyone at once.
If You Need Help
Guides, contact information and other help can be found at ETSU's Wimba page:
A more in-depth presenter guide can be found at this URL, explaining the Wimba classroom with its tools and options in greater detail: http://webhelp.wimba.com/WC/v6_1/Presenter_Guide/
Wimba’s support center can be located here: http://d2.parature.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8052
Wimba offers 24/7 support by phone: (877) 382-2293.