Wimba Voice Tools
Updated 12/11/2012: Wimba Voice Tools will no longer be available after January 14, 2013. Due to overall low usage and the high cost of maintaining the license, SLU will not be able to continue the Wimba Voice Tools contract. Please note that this does not impact other available tools such as SLU Global (Blackboard) or Tegrity.What is Wimba Voice?
Wimba Voice is a suite of tools, integrated with SLU Global (Blackboard), which allows users to create and share recordings of their voice with others in a course. Wimba Voice consists of the following four features:
Voice Board: Post and listen to voice recordings within threaded discussion boards
Voice Presentation: Show web pages and Internet content alongside a recording of your voice
Voice Podcaster: Create or upload podcasts to the Wimba Voice server for user subscription
Voice E-mail: Send and listen to e-mails that contain voice recordings
Customers who have Wimba Voice content have been notified to download any content they wish to save prior to January 14, 2013. Existing Wimba Voice content will not be available after this date.
What does this mean to you?
If you have links to one of the Wimba Voice tools within a SLU Global (Blackboard) course, those links will no longer work after January 14, 2013. If you have existing Wimba Voice content that you wish to keep, you will need to export this content prior to January 14, 2013. Follow the instructions below to download your Wimba Voice content.
Do you have to save off your Wimba Voice content?
No, it is entirely up to you. If you no longer need access to the recording(s), you can do nothing and the recordings will just go away when the Wimba Voice system is decommissioned. Consider if you will be able to reuse the recording in the near future, or:
- Do you need to retain the recording as part of the historical record for a course?
- Do you want to reuse the recording for a course in the current or a future term?
- Does the recording contain information that is specific to a course or group of students and cannot be used in another course?
What Wimba Voice content can be exported?
- Voice Board: Individual posts or all posts in a Voice Board can be exported to audio-only file formats.
- Voice Presentation: The audio associated with a Voice Presentation can be exported but not the notes or links to any web content shown in the Presentation.
- Voice Podcaster: Individual podcast messages or all messages can be exported to audio-only file formats.
- Voice E-mail: Individual e-mails or all e-mails in the Voice E-mail Archive can be exported to audio-only file formats. No text included in the Voice E-mails will be exported.
Important Note: When you are exporting Wimba Voice content, you will be able to download a .ZIP file that contains an individual audio file for each Wimba Voice recording (i.e. a discussion board post, an individual podcast recording) that you selected to export. The individual audio filenames are generated automatically by the export process based on the first 25 characters of the ‘Subject Line' of the discussion board post, podcaster, or voice e-mail. There is no information in the filename that indicates which student or instructor created the recording. This means, unless the person identifies themselves in the audio recording, you will likely not have enough information to associate an individual voice recording with the person who created it.
How to Export Wimba Voice Content
- Open the appropriate Wimba Voice Tool from your SLU Global course.
- Scan your SLU Global courses for Wimba Voice content, indicated by the icons shown above.
- Click the Export button at the top the Voice Tool (or Options >> Export). A new window will open.
- Select what content you want to export. You can select an individual or multiple voice recordings.
- Choose the file format the selected recording(s) should be downloaded as.
- It is recommended that you select the file format "WAV audio in archive (.zip)" or "MP3 audio in archive (.zip)."
- The Wimba Voice Board (.wvb) file format is only playable within a Wimba Voice Tool, such as Voice Presentation or Voice Board, so you will not be able to play this format on your computer.
- Click the Next button to specify where to save the downloaded content.
- Enter a name in the File Name box. Make it descriptive enough so you can remember what course or content is included.
- Click the Save button at the bottom of the window.
For more detailed instructions on export options for Wimba Voice content, please visit the Wimba Voice Tools online help at: http://webhelp.wimba.com/WV/v6_0/User_Guide
Alternative for the Wimba Voice Tools
The primary feature of all of the Wimba Voice Tools is the ability to record your voice and distribute these recordings with your students or instructors. The Tegrity Lecture Capture tool, available from your SLU Global course, also provides instructors with the ability to record their voice along with computer screen activity (text, slides, web sites and more). Tegrity integrates with your SLU Global course enrollments so it's easy to distribute recordings in multiple formats to all the students in a course. Tegrity also enables instructors to let students create recordings for view by the instructor or all students in a course.
For more information on Tegrity's features, visit www.slu.edu/capture.
If you're an instructor, wondering why and how best to use Tegrity or any other technology to achieve your instructional goals, the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) can help. To discuss ways you might use an alternative technology to achieve the learning objectives that Wimba Voice Tools previously met, please contact the CTTL at firstname.lastname@example.org.