Blackboard Collaborate is the name of the new company set up to merge Horizon Wimba & Elluminate webinar platforms, purchased by Blackboard earlier this summer. Blackboard have wasted no time in working out the road map for the co-joining of Wimba+Elluminate. It seemed obvious that one would go (from a business perspective), and indeed that is what’s occuring. The above video link explains all in graphic detail. To answer some pressing questions I watched most of the video and have pulled out some nuggets that you may find useful.
Before I give you those bullets, one thing that did strike me throughout the whole “presentation” using Elluminate, was that much more reference was made of the tools and capabilities of Wimba, than those of Elluminate? Not really having use Wimba in anger, I can’t comment – but the absence of any reference to Elluminate’s features speaks volumes?
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[15 mins]Project Gemini
- New platform = elements of Elluminate Live & Wimba Classroom (as we expected)
- Will include enhanced aspects of Wimba voice & Wimba pronto
- Emphasis on collaboration as a pedagogy
Roadmap: 2 phases over next 2 years
[25 mins]Phase 1 (2011)