- The vClass of
Elluminate is an excellent CMC tool that allows synchronous communication,
including chat, voice, and presentation. This tool has several advantages
for e-learners / e-teachers. It is simple and easy to use, integrating
the four (4) skills of writing, reading, listening and speaking. It
has four (4) boxes for the use of particpants, including a box showing
names of participants, a text-chat box, a voice box to allow participation
using voice, (audio-box), and finally a White Board to write, present
PPt-slides, or show MS Word- files. The boxes are magnetized to allow
a user to move or organize them in the required order or layout.
- To get maximum
benefit from using this Computer Mediated Communication, (CMC) tool,
users should have speakers or headsets; a microphone is required to
participate using the audio-box to talk.It is recommended that participants
do the download at least 30 minutes prior to the start, if it's the
first virtual session a participant plan to attend.
- The first time
I learned about the vClass of Elluminate was at Learning
Times.org, while I was checking the message board of our list lead
by Webhead in Action, Michael
- A few weeks
later, Webhead in Action, Susanne
Nyrope, and I agreed to meet at the new tool to explore it.
We have experimented with many of the available features, including
a box showing names of speakers or participants, a text-chat box, a
voice box and a white board. (Please, see the screen shot, below,
where our, (Susannae and I), images are shown on the white board).
To upload an image from your pc to the white baord, you need to click
one of the icons on the left side of the white baord that looks like
a picture album, where other tools like a pencil to write or draw and
an eraser are avilable, too. At that point, susanne and I were trying
to figure out how to save our chat log and how to show a file saved
on our pcs.
- On August 18th,
2003, I joined a
session presented by Jennifer Hofmann,
as an Elluminate
event. Jennifer is also a leading member of Learning Times.
- Click on
my report to Webheads' on Jennifer's
session, which was also posted to WiA
Yahoo group list, earlier.
- Click on
Chatlog, to view or read part of
the text-chat during the session. This chat text was sent automatically
to all participants, after the session. A recording of the webcasted
session was sent , as well, however, I encountered some technical
problems publishing it on this page.To view and listen to the complete
session on the archive section at Elluminate,click