Wimba (Blackboard Collaborate) Student
What is Wimba?
Do I Need Any Special Equipment?
Which Browser Works Best with Wimba?
How Do I Access My Classroom inside Moodle 2?
How Do I Run the Wizard?
How Do I Make the TALK Button Work?
How Do I Access the Archives for My Course?
Who Can I Contact for Help with Wimba?
Wimba was purchased by Blackboard and has been merged with Elluminate Live! into a new platform called Blackboard Collaborate. Wimba will be available until 2015, so Montana Tech is still using Wimba. However, in Moodle 2, you might see the name, Blackboard Collaborate.
Wimba Classroom is an educational collaboration tool that will allow synchronous delivery or asynchronous archiving of online lectures. It provides a virtual classroom that instructors and students can learn and interact in real time with audio and video. Lectures can be recorded and archived for future access by students for an asynchronous environment. Downloads of the archived lectures in MP3 and MP4 formats are available for students to use on their portable devices for frequent listening if their instructors have chosen to allow this option.
Instructors and students should use quality USB headsets with echo cancelling and background noise reduction with attached microphones. The built-in speakers and microphones on some of the newer laptops will work with Wimba eliminating the need for headsets.
You can use either Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. Wimba will not work with Internet Explorer 10 currently, but it will with version 9. The Wimba Wizard will have to be run one time with each browser or computer you use.
Log into your Moodle 2 Course by going to MyMtech on the Montana Tech website:
www.mtech.edu > MyMtech > Sign in with CAS > Moodle 2 Course
There are three ways to access your classroom from your Moodle 2 course.
First Way to Access the Classroom
Scroll to the section where your classroom is located and click on the name of the room.
Each instructor can choose what they want to call their virtual room, so be and ask if you can't find it.
A window will open stating that the Blackboard Collaborate Classroom should now appear.
If it does not, please click this link to open it. Click the link if the room has not opened.
A window will open (Wimba people teach people)
If you have never run the wizard before, you need to click on RUN WIZARD. There are 10 steps in the wizard.
If you have run the wizard before, choose the second option:
"If you have completed the wizard previously, click here to enter Wimba Classroom."
Step 1: When you first login to Moodle and click on your Wimba classroom, you should be prompted to run the wizard.
Step 2: The first check is for pop up blockers. If the wizard stops here – check at the top or bottom of the window for a yellow information bar if you are using IE. Right click the yellow bar and select the option to always allow pop ups from this site. If using Mozilla and the wizard gets stuck here, go to the far right top of the window and click on the options button and choose allow pop-ups for mtechlive.wimba.com and then hit retry test. The wizard should pass the pop up blocker test. More help with pop-up blockers.
Step 3: The second wizard test is for Java. If the wizard stops here, look at the top bar of the window and you might see something like “This website wants to run the following add-on, Java … If you trust this website and add-on and want to allow it to run, click here”. Click on Run Add-on. On the screen that asks,” Do you want to run this ActiveX Control?” click run. The wizard might start over. It should pass the Java test. More help with Java.
Step 4: The next test is the Signed Applet – If you get the Warning – Security Window – The application’s digital signature has been verified. Do you want to run the application? – click run.
Step 5: The text chat should have no problems.
Step 6: Playback will take awhile for the WimbaMedia bar to load. If you hear the recording and see the colors going up and down the bar, click next. If not, click on troubleshoot Audio.
Step 7: Recording will also take awhile for the WimbaMedia bar to load. When it has loaded – use your mouse to click on the Talk button. It should turn orange. Holding it down, say something and then let go. You should hear what you said repeated back to you.
Step 8: Next hit "Launch!" after you passed the Wizard.
Step 9: You should be able to enter the classroom by clicking on the Enter button. You must click on the Talk button with your mouse until it turns orange in order to be heard. You can also hold the ctrl key down. If you are not hearing anyone or are unable to talk, you can let people know by typing in the text chat window in the bottom left of the room and hit enter.
Step 10: Make sure your desktop speakers are turned off if you are using a headset to reduce feedback in the whole system.
Second Way to Access Classroom in Moodle 2
On the main page of your Moodle 2 course, navigate to the green home block on the left hand side.
Click on the gray arrow in front of the name of your course which expands the menu of sections.
The sections wiil be dates or topics depending on how your course is set up.
Click on the gray arrow in front of the section in which your classroom is located.
This should let you see the name of your Wimba classroom to click on.
Third Way to Enter Classroom
Click on either of the first two ways to get into your Classroom. Then click on the Blackboard Collaborate Classroom link in the breadcrumb trail.
Then double click on the name of the room. This third way to enter the Classroom will be how you get to the archives. See the topic. "How Do I Access the Wimba Archives for My Course?".
Once inside the Classroom, you must click on the TALK Button with your mouse until it turns orange and keep holding it down in order to be heard in the system. You can also hold the Ctrl key down on your keyboard. You can lock the TALK button by clicking options and locking the TALK. If you are not hearing anyone or are unable to talk, you can let participants know by typing in the text chat window in the bottom left of the room and hit enter. Most of the time, it is necessary to toggle the TALK on and off with other participants in the room to keep from creating a feedback loop.
Click on one of the links to your Classroom:
Close the Classroom if it opens. You will see this screen:
Click on the Blackboard Collaborate Classroom link. You should see this screen:
By clicking on the little plus sign you can get an expanded
list of the archives.
When you have multiple archives, you can double click the archive you want to start. You can also
download the archvies in MP3 or MP4 file formats.
Kathy Stevens, Montana Tech Distance Learning Coordinator
CTS Help Desk