Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Using Wimba AKA Blackboard Collaborate™ to Create a Voice Announcement in Your Blackboard Course

NOTE: Wimba has merged with Elluminate under a Blackboard purchase. As such the new product, called Blackboard Collaborate™  combines the capabilities of industry leaders, Blackboard,  Wimba and Elluminate, to provide a comprehensive learning platform designed specifically for education. Within the next couple of weeks, we will have full access to this new and improved collaboration tool. The Blackboard Collaborate™ platform is all about helping instructors create virtual classrooms, offices and meeting spaces that open more possibilities to more students.


Have you ever wanted to post a voice message to learners in your online course? Now you can. Blackboard Collaborate™ allows users to use voice integration tools to incorporate voice announcements into your courses.

From the course menu, select Announcement and you will be taken to the announcement page. Next, select Create Announcement. You will be taken to the Announcement Information screen.


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Select the Add Mashup icon. You will then see a list of Mashups you may add to your announcement. To add a Voice Announcement select Wimba Voice Authoring.




Next a browser window will pop-up giving you the option of recording your voice announcement. Before doing so, make sure your USB microphone is plugged in. Click the red record button to record your message and click the stop button when you have completed.




Click “Submit” when you have finished your recording. Note, you can record over existing recordings until it meets your satisfaction, and then press submit again. Your voice announcement will be included in the announcement section of your course. Students will be able to click on the “Play” button to hear your recorded message.


To learn more about the Blackboard Collaborate™ solution, click here to watch a short video.

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