Give Students a Voice
In many virtual learning environments student and instructor communication is limited to text and static images. Important elements of face-to-face communication, including the nuances of voice, are missing from text-based discussions. Wimba Voice recaptures these elements, contributing to greater clarity and understanding. Voice discussions, announcements and podcasts promote active participation in the classroom.
Wimba Voice 6.0 is a web-based voice solution that facilitates and promotes vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment. Reaching beyond the traditional language laboratory environment, Wimba Voice supports traditional communicative styles of language learning by giving students multiple methods of speaking, writing, and listening to foreign languages – all online.
Wimba Voice incorporates the use of threaded voice boards, voice-enabled email, embedded voice within course pages, integrated gradebooks, as well as live group discussions and debates, which increase the interaction and student engagement level of any online course.
Voice Discussion Boards
Speak and read a language at the same time, or simply create threaded voice discussions about any subject. Great for brainstorming and collaborating on almost any topic in any language, instructors and students can post vocal messages with accompanying text into our voice-based message boards. Discuss multiple subjects at once by dividing new topics into their own threads. This is one of the best ways to practice all aspects of a new language.
Embedded Voice within Course Pages
Easily add listening exercises and voice messages into any CMS course page. Our Wimba Voice incorporate a small recorder and playback feature that can be placed within any CMS page allowing instructors to verbally explain complex ideas, post assignments, or simply highlight important ideas that will be discussed in upcoming lessons.
Students and instructors can send vocal email messages to anyone, and recipients simply reply by sending their own voice email. Voice emails are particularly useful for role-playing activities and question and answer sessions. And to ensure security, instructors have full control of the distribution of every email.
Integrate into your Course Management System
Our voice tools integrate with course management systems so they have the same look and feel as other tools, significantly reducing barriers of adoption and minimizing learning curves. Our vocal tools appear within your CMS like any other resource; if you know how to use your CMS, you already know how to use Wimba Voice.
Grade a voice discussion board from within Wimba Voice and automatically add evaluations to your CMS gradebook. Students benefit from timely feedback and instructors save time with this efficient workflow.