Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Posted By mwasowski      Category Pronto

We can safely say that Wall Street is a bit roller coaster-like right now.  After losing more than 1,300 points last week it rebounded for a record day yesterday (though it still didn’t get up to where it was last Tuesday afternoon).  And while we’re all hoping yesterday’s surge is indicative of good things to come, we one know thing for sure - we don’t know for sure what to expect.  Therefore, if you’re concerned about cutting a few costs, take a page from from the folks putting on the Illinois School Library Media Association fall conference.  They’ll be streaming several conference sessions via Wimba Classroom in the event that would-be attendees can’t scrounge up funding to get to the event.  Just another wise way of making its material more accessible and cost effective.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008
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Earlier this year we gleefully announced that Dr. Cris Guenter of Califronia State University, Chico won the National Arts Educator of the Year award for her work with Wimba, and that Dr. Sam Slike and Pam Berman of Bloomsburg University won a distance learning award by the United State Distance Learning Association for their accessible classes with Wimba.  Now the list has grown.

Today we celebrate the achievements of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) for its award-winning French Language Simulation Program. This innovative online course was recently awarded the European Award for Languages.

The course, titled “The Creation and Everyday running of a French SME [small-to-medium enterprise]—a French Language Simulation,” aims to promote language skills through a ‘learning by doing’ approach. Participants gain real-life skills in technology, communications and leadership, all while learning French. Wimba Voice(TM), our web-based application for vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching and assessment is central to the learning experience.

Congrats to the innovative folks at DIT!  Tres bien!

Here are pictures of Michèle Boisbourdin and her colleagues receiving the award!

Thursday, October 02, 2008
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Over the years I’ve heard serveral theories regarding the optimal length of a live online class.  Some believe it’s 5-minutes while others think half-a-day, so needless to say there is no one truth out there.  This brings me to an interesting blog posting by Paul Lowe, a photography lecturer at the London College of Communication.  He explores this notion of ideal length and concludes that 2-3 hours is optimal for his online classes for grad students, as he says it’s easier for them to schedule one long block of time per week than multiple shorter sessions.  Let the debate continue....