Agenda Information

The agenda will feature an Executive Track, a K-12 track, numerous customer-led sessions, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and plenty of fun. See the entire agenda below.

Exhibits will be open beginning Monday April 6, 2009 at 7:30 pm and will be open all day Tuesday April 7, 2009 and until 10:30 am on Wednesday April 8, 2009.

Download a printable schedule here.

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Carol Vallone
Acting CEO and Chairman of the Board, Wimba
Opening Keynote Speaker


Mike Wesch
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, KSU
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Times below subject to change.
Download a printable schedule here.

Wimba Connect 2009 Agenda

Pre-Conference Workshops ................................To register for workshops see the Registration page
Sunday April 5, 2009
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Evening
Monday April 6, 2009
 
9:00 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Breakfast on own
Pre–Conference Workshops (more info...)
Lunch on own
Wimba Advisory Board Meeting (by Invitation Only)
Pre–Conference Workshops (more info...)
Listening Session 1 (Topic TBD)
Break on own
NOTE: workshop participants need to bring their own laptops

Opening Keynote Presentation
Monday April 6, 2009
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Opening Keynote
by Carol Vallone, Acting CEO and Chairman of the Board, Wimba
Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
Monday April 6, 2009
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Join Wimba for a Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Executive Roundtable (by invitation only)
Tuesday April 7, 2009
8:00 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 10:50 am
Executive Breakfast (Located in the Rattlers room)
Executive Roundtable Session
led by Carol Vallone

featuring Michael Evans of Centennial College, Alice Bird of Liverpool John Moores University, Stephen Bajjaly of Wayne State University, and Donna Hutchison of Idaho Digital Learning Academy
(Located in the Rattlers Room)
Best Practices
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
9:00 am – 9:50 am


10:00 am – 10:50 am




2:10 pm – 3:00 pm



3:10 pm – 4:00 pm
Best Practices: Teaching and Learning with Wimba
by Cris Guenter, CSU, Chico

Panel: Language Learning with Wimba Voice
moderated by Estelita Young, Wimba and featuring Diane Stonebrink, Estrella Mountain College; Gary Storts, Tennessee Board of Regents; Len Thurman, Pima Community College; Varthoui Asherian, College of Southern Nevada

I Love (Wimba) CATs: Using Wimba Classroom to Bridge Online and Face-to-Face Learning and Assessment
by Mark Burris, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Wimba + West Georgia = Academic Excellence in a Personal Environment
by Christy Talley, University of West Georgia
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
8:10 am – 9:00 am
Real-Time Engagement is Where It's At!
by Mike Scheuermann and John Morris, Drexel University
Effective instructional design
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
9:00 am – 9:50 am



9:00 am – 9:50 am


10:00 am – 10:50 am


11:30 am – 12:20 pm



3:10 pm – 4:00 pm




3:10 pm – 4:00 pm
Wimba's Value in a Teacher Special Education Program
by Rita Mulholland, Norma Blecker, and Shelly Meyers, Richard Stockton College

Communicating Ideas with Wimba Classroom
by Stacey Mateika and Janet Welch, Red Deer College

Training Piano Teachers with Wimba Classroom
by Linda Holzer, University of Arkansas-Little Rock

Live and Online - Hot Wimba Strategies for Engaging Students in Interactive Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning
by Janice Butler, University of Texas at Brownsville

Going Green with Wimba: Supporting Campus Sustainability Initiatives with Wimba Classroom
by Jane Himmel, University of North Texas and Louis Mays and Rhonda Fannin, Southern State Community College

Surfing the Long Tail of Education Online: Building a Community of Practice with Mid-Career Professional Postgraduate Students
by Paul Lowe, London College of Communication
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
8:10 am – 9:00 am



9:10 am – 10:00 am





9:10 am – 10:00 am



10:30 am – 11:20 am
Show, Discuss, and then Listen: Engaging Students with Wimba Polling and AppSharing in Wimba Classroom
by Jun Yang, University of Maryland

Panel: think outside the box: innovative and non-traditional uses of Wimba
by Phil O'Hara, Dalhousie University; Stacey Powell, Auburn University; Marcel Bechtoldt, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Amy Thornton, University of Southern Mississippi; Peter Lafford, Arizona State University

Asynchronous Online Foreign Language Courses
by Mark Johnson and Mike Rogers, University System of Georgia; Leticia McGrath, Georgia Southern University

Wimba Voice Critical to Successful Online Speech Language Pathology Assistant Courses
by Amy Heck & Kari Watson, Estrella Mountain Community College
K-12
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
9:00 am – 9:50 am



10:00 am – 10:50 am

11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Best Practices in the K-12 Environment
by Tara Michels and Brooke Eberwine, The Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy

Wimba and the Virtual School: Embracing the Digital Age
by Yahrasiel Colbert and Amanda Brooks, Dekalb Online Academy

Statewide Professional Development Through Wimba Classroom
by Mike Caldwell and Donna Hutchison, Idaho Digital Learning Academy
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
8:10 am – 9:00 am


9:10 am – 10:00 am
The Blendedschools.net Online Language Institute
by Mark Gensimore and Jed Friedrichsen, Blendedschools.net

Wimba North Carolina: Collaboration and Connections for 21st-Century Students and Educators
by Bryan Setser and Dave Edwards, North Carolina Virtual Public School
Lessons Learned
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
10:00 am – 10:50 am



11:30 am – 12:20 pm


2:10 pm – 3:00 pm




3:10 pm – 4:00 pm
Designing Significant eLearning and Blended Learning Experiences: Training Tomorrow's eTeachers
by Linda Ralston and Rebekah Grow, University of Utah

Saving Tens of Thousands of Dollars with Wimba while Improving Teaching
by Jon Rizzo, San Diego State University

University of Maryland University College's Successful Transition to Wimba Using History as a Guide
by Loyce Pailen, Ruth Markulis, and Theo Stone, University of Maryland University College

Prairie Rose: How North Dakota Sprouted a Wimba Seedling and Grew it to a University System Implementation
by Jerry Rostad, North Dakota Advanced Learning Technologies
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
8:10 am – 9:00 am



10:30 am – 11:20 am


10:30 am – 11:20 am
Faculty and Student Support Without Borders
by Jon Sizemore, Jiri Stelzer, Beatriz Potter, Andy Brovey, & Eric Jackson, Valdosta State University; and Scott Smith, Wimba

A Research Study on the Use of Wimba Classroom
by Amy Thornton, University of Southern Mississippi

Supporting a Vision of Sustainable Libraries: Using Wimba Classroom to Build an Online Community
by Kathleen Gesinger, WebJunction
Adoption
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
2:10 pm – 3:00 pm


3:10 pm – 4:00 pm
One Year, 15 Campuses, 40 School Districts - Utah's Wimba Whirlwind
by Cory Stokes, Utah Education Network

Hasta Pronto! A Timely Implementation Experience at Marshall University
by Monica Brooks and Laura Little, Marshall University
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
9:10 am – 10:00 am



10:30 am – 11:20 am
Lights, Camera, Pronto!
by Ryan Falquist, Ivy Tech Community College and Eric Kunnen, Grand Rapids Community College

Implementing Wimba: A Few Words in Your Ear!
by Alice Bird and Alex Spiers, Liverpool John Moores University
Vendor / Misc
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
11:30 am – 12:20 pm

2:10 pm – 3:00pm
Wimba
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
11:30 am – 12:20 pm


2:10 pm – 3:00 pm
Let's Jitterbuffer
by Steve Kann, Wimba

Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0
by Annie Chechitelli, Wimba
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
8:10 am – 9:00 am


9:10 am – 10:00 am


10:30 am – 11:20 am
Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0
by Annie Chechitelli, Wimba

Extreme Commitment: Wimba and Accessibility (Your a11y Ally)
by Scott Josephson and James Tomson, Wimba

Wimba's Collaboration Vision
by Steve Kann, Wimba
Poster Presentations
Throughout Conference
 


 


 

 
How a Neophyte Institution Learns How to Use Wimba
by James Stewart, University of Maryland University College

Effectiveness of Synchronous Communication in Online Courses
by Anu Gokhale, Illinois State University

Distance Education 2.0
by Matthew Trotter, South Texas College
Conference Party: "Wimbian Festival"
Tuesday April 7, 2009
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us at the Wimba Connect 2009 Conference Party: "Wimbian Festival"
Closing Keynote Presentation
Wednesday April 8, 2009
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Closing Keynote
by Mike Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University

Fact #18 learned at Wimba Connect 2008

The University of Georgia's Cooperative Extension personnel:

  • Traveled 46,595 fewer miles
  • Consumed 2,328 fewer gallons of gas
  • Released 46,560 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere
  • Saved 1,004 hours of personal time by using Wimba instead of driving to face–to–face meetings and training seminars
  • Saved the University at least $21,562
...with Wimba!


As a representative from an institution new to the Wimba Collaboration Suite, I found the opportunity to attend Wimba Connect 2008 invaluable. In one event, I was able to plan our implementation through participation in pre–conference workshops, gain an insight into effective practices from sessions presented by other institutions and learn about the future development of the Wimba Collaboration Suite – all this as well as networking with many others within the Wimba community.
–Alice Bird, Liverpool John Moores University