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Background

Now that Blackboard Learn has been added to the UMassOnline learning platform, campuses have the option of running Wimba Classroom and/or Blackboard Collaborate in the Blackboard Learn environment.

Development

  • Wimba Classroom
  • Blackboard Collaborate
    • The PowerLink is not available in Blackboard Vista. The addition of this PowerLink will be based on campus interest. 
    • The Building Block is not currently available in Blackboard Learn as there isn't a Building Block available that supports multi-institutional hierarchy. We are currently previewing the BETA Building Block for Blackboard Collaborate to work with multi-institutions.

Utilization

As some folks are moving into the Blackboard Learn environment in the Fall, please list your plans for the web conferencing tools your campus will be using:

 Blackboard VistaBlackboard Learn  
CampusWimba ClassroomBlackboard CollaborateWimba ClassroomBlackboard CollaborateAdded byNotes
UMass Amherst (C&PE)      
UMass Amherst (OIT)    Chris G.

I'm waiting to obtain server/admin access to BbC (after upgrade) to start testing.

UMass BostonYTestingYTestingToni P.Our courses in production will mainly use Wimba and will test BBC and others. Testing other web conferencing solutions.
UMass DartmouthYNNYDamon G.

Wimba will be used for for courses still running in Vista

Dartmouth will also need access to Collaborate outside of the Learn and Vista environments.

UMass LowellYNNYPat D

Wimba will be used for courses still running on Vista during Fall 12

We also have some users outside the LMS that we will need to work on moving

over the BbC using the Admin the interface.

UMass WorcesterYNTesting  Andrea D

 Wimba will be used for courses still running on Vista during Fall 12.  We may make the cut over to Bb Collaborate in January 13, or may not offer LMS-integrated web conferencing at all.  In either case, we will no longer be using Wimba after Jan 13.

We would like to participate in pilot testing BbCollaborate.

Quinsigamond Community CollegeYNN (Keep available  during  fall 12 pilot courses) YLouise H and Pat S

Pilot: We will be piloting/testing Collaborate in Learn with Louise's course.  We want Wimba available in case we run into issues that could impact her students during Pilot.  QCC will use Collaborate in late summer and fall to deliver information to faculty/staff about Migration to Learn and Mobile.

Plan: Collaborate will be used in Bb Learn; Wimba will be used in Vista.

Wentworth Institute of Technology      

Westfield State University

      
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