Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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If you’re reading this entry, then you’ve obviously figured out that after five years we have a shiny new website here at Wimba!  Needless to say, we’re all quite ecstatic.  This new site is more clearly organized than its predecessor, is better laid-out and more visually appealing, and even features our brand new Wimba Connect Users Group, a replacement of HUG.  In fact, to encourage folks to join our new community group, we’re giving away an all-expense paid trip to Wimba Connect 2009, so you should definitely sign up now

Most importantly, this new website reflects tremendous teamwork here at Wimba.  Our website team worked across all departments and offices to ensure this new site would nicely reflect the diverse needs of our company, customers, and the entire education community.  It also reflects a significant milestone, as the last time we had a new website was back in 2003 when our company was quite different than it is today. 

So sit back, click around, and enjoy all the new resources we have to offer - and who knows, doing so just might land you in Scottsdale in April!

We even made a cake for our newborn site:

Friday, November 21, 2008
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Our closing keynote speaker for Wimba Connect 2009, Mike Wesch, was just named as one of the four “2008 U.S. Professors of the Year” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching.  Wesch and his three fellow award recipients will be honored in Washington, D.C. today, as they were selected from a pool of nearly 300 professors from across the country.  Read the article in Inside Higher Ed.  I just want to take this time congratulate Mike and his fellow winners (Wei Chen, a professor of biomedical engineering a the University of Central Oklahoma; Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell, an associate professor of psychology at Lewis & Clark College; and Eugenia Paulus, a professor of chemistry at North Hennepin Community College).  Great job and keep inspiring!  ...and keep making those cool YouTube videos too.

Monday, November 17, 2008
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Last Friday I was fortunate to have the opportunity to give a webinar as part of the United State Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) Distance Learning Week.  I spoke about using collaboration software to save - to save time, money, retention rates, and even the planet.  I’m always amazed at the numerous ways educators throughout the world are helping save valuable resources by creatively using new technologies.  Click here if you want to view the archive of my presentation.  Reggie Smith of the USLDA was instrumental in this process - as was my colleague James Rutkowski - so I want to thank them both for their help.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008
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Owls at EDUCAUSE 2008?!? Last week represented my 10th EDUCAUSE Conference, and as they rarely say, the 10th time is a charm.  Or in this case, was charming.  Despite the cool weather in Orlando, the conference heated up Tuesday evening at our customer reception at Margaritaville on Universal City Walk where we got to mingle for hours with numerous customers who have meant so much to us over the years.  And though we had a few breakfast presentations at very early hours, we were pleasantly surprised by how many folks dragged themselves out of bed to learn about our upcoming product development plans.  Thank you, you early risers!  In case anyone missed us while they were there, I at least hope they caught a glimpse - or a hug - of our Wimba Pronto mascot.  Watch a video of Yarly dancing at EDUCAUSE 2008 and read a great blog posting by a librarian who snapped a picture of her with our owl.  Hooray for the land of amusement parks and giant fuzzy animals!