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Blackboard Collaborate Replacing Wimba

Last May, ITS announced that Wimba would be phased out and replaced with Blackboard Collaborate, which is a more robust tool for online instruction and virtual meetings. Blackboard will not deploy any updates to Wimba, and ITS Instructional Services will support use of Wimba only through summer 2013. That does not mean you have to stop using Wimba this summer, but it would be a good idea to start phasing it out and begin using Collaborate.

Wimba archives still will be accessible for a while, but if you will need your Wimba archive for the long term, contact me to get it downloaded. Wimba archives are not compatible with the Blackboard Collaborate system.

Many staff already are using Bb Collaborate, and responses to the change have been very positive.

Contact me to get a Bb Collaborate session setup for yourself or your unit.

Scott Swanson, Electronic Media Specialist, (701) 231-7086

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