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Wimba Collaboration Suite

What is it?

The Wimba Collaboration Suite includes a virtual classroom - live voice and video at a distance - podcasting, voice discussion, and instant messaging features that are integrated with Blackboard, in a familiar, easy-to-use interface. Read more or view demos about the specific features of Wimba Collaboration Suite here.

Where to get it?

Wimba is available to all NDSU instructors who use Blackboard. Outside of Blackboard, Wimba is available on a per-request basis. If you are interested in using Wimba for one of your courses or training activities, please contact Distance & Continuing Education.

Wimba Official Support Documentation and Training Online
Access official user guides and instructional demos at http://www.wimba.com/services/instructor/ Click on the navigation link that corresponds to your professional role to access relevant information. You can also view tutorial videos or download specific "Quicklets" user's guides at: http://www.wimba.com/services/instructor/classroom

Wimba 24/7 Technical Support
Phone: 1-866-940-0065
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Help Guides Online

Quick Start Guide - Adding Wimba to a Blackboard Course Shell

Quick Start Guide - Instructor Guide to Using Wimba Classroom

Official Presenter's Guide
Go to online guide from the Official Wimba Website

Quick Start Guide - General System and Equipment Requirements for Wimba Classroom

Quick Start Guide - Student Guide to Using Wimba Classroom

Wimba Pronto - Instant Messaging and So Much More!

What is it?

Pronto, also part of the Wimba Collaboration Suite, is an instant messenger provided as an additional feature to instructors and students using Blackboard. Instant messaging is a synchronous, or "live", form of communication between two (or more) people, based on typed text. It differs from email largely insofar as messages are exchanged simultaneously. The newest version of Pronto also provides additional useful features including a whiteboard, desktop application sharing, and video chat. Use Pronto to provide virtual office hours, provide tutorial instruction, or as a way for students to have informal class or project meetings.

One of the main differences between Pronto and other instant messaging programs (such as AOL or Microsoft Instant Messenger) is that Pronto is synchronized with Blackboard, so it is very easy to find classmates and instructors. Once it has been installed on your computer, you do not need to be logged into Blackboard to use Pronto.

How to use it?

Quick Start Guide - How to Download and Install Pronto

Pronto Official Support Documentation and Training Online
Access official user guides and instructional demos at : http://www.wimba.com/services/instructor/