Sunday, July 1, 2007
Last night (June 30th) I had the opportunity to participate in the webinar with three of my fellow students, Paul, Sandra and Bessie. This was the first time I used Wimba and thought it had some nice features. It allowed people to talk or text. If people had a question they could "raise their hand." The four of us used the webinar to discuss the group project and what we need to do to complete the assignment. We also had a discussion about the difficulty of getting people together in a synchronous environment to work on group projects. Synchronous tools are useful, but to make them work successfully a schedule needs to be posted and one must make accommodations for different time zones and schedules. I would definitely use this tool in an online class, but would create guidelines and a schedule to make it work successfully.