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For Presenters: Understanding the Wimba Interface

The Interface

When you first join a Wimba event, the following window appears.

The following sections explain each area of the window in detail.

Media Bar

The Media Bar indicates your connection status and volume levels. If you are having trouble with your audio, you can click the phone icon to obtain a call-in number and pin. Note: long distance charges do apply. If you have a webcam connected to your computer and want to use that, you can click the video camera icon to enable it.

Adjusting Microphone Volume

You can adjust your microphone volume within the Media Bar by using the speaker slider.

  1. Click the icon that looks like a person's torso to view the slider.

  2. While speaking into your microphone (press control on your keyboard), drag the slider arrow up or down to adjust your mic volume.

  3. When you are speaking, the green/yellow/red bar on the right side of the status bar indicates the volume of your microphone. If your volume is frequently in the red zone, your microphone is probably too loud. If your volume is in the low end of the green zone, your microphone is probably too soft.

Participant Area

The participant area indicates who is attending the event, who is presenting, who is speaking, as well as status indicators and responses to yes/no polls. The names of the presenters are always bolded.

The person speaking at any given moment has an orange box next to their name.

Participant Window Options

The Participant Window provides quick access to several features. In Wimba, hover your mouse over a specific button to determine what the button does.

Raise Hand is used if a participant has a question during a meeting. Participants are queued in the participant list once they click the Raise Hand button. To clear your status after your question has been addressed, click the Raise Hand button again.
The Set Status button allows participants to select a variety of emoticons or indicators. When an option is chosen, the smiley column next to your name in the participant list changes to display the option you selected. Hover your mouse over an emoticon to determine what it means. After you select an option and are acknowledged by the presenter, select the clear emoticon (top left) to turn it off.
If the presenter poses a yes/no question, you can use the Answer Yes and Answer No buttons to respond. Your response will show up next to your name in the participant list in the first column. To clear your response, click the same button again.
These two areas allow you to take a "pulse" of the event and to adjust room settings. They are located in the lower right-hand corner of the participant area.

Chat Window

This feature allows you to send text messages to either individuals or to all participants in the Main Room. Simply type in the text area and press the Enter key on your keyboard to send your message. If you wish to send a private message to a participant, click their name in the participant list or select their name from the drop-down To: menu.

Presenter's Console

The Presenter's Console is where presenters can load content, webpages, share applications, record the event, or control the eBoard.


Content Frame

The Content Frame is where PowerPoint and other file types are displayed. You may have also display shared applications or websites in this area as well.

eBoard Tools

The eBoard tools are available to presenters and participants who have been enabled to use the tools. The tools allow you to mark up the content frame, including preloaded PowerPoint slides, documents, images, etc.

The table below identifies commonly used eBoard tools.

Tool Description
Clears everything in the eBoard area of the screen, including content and annotations.
Clears markups but not slides or content displayed in the eBoard.
Point to any item in the eBoard and click. Click the pointer tool in the tool panel to change its direction.
Allows you to type on the eBoard. Click on the tool and then click on the space where you want to begin typing. A cursor appears and you can begin typing.
Select the shape you wish to use and then click on the eBoard to begin drawing.
Allows you to undo the last eBoard markup.
Allows you to upload an image into the eBoard for markup.
Allows you to save a snapshot of the eBoard markups for later use.
Allows you to take a screenshot of a portion of your computer screen for eBoard markup.
By default, only presenters have access to mark up the eBoard. Click this to enable eBoard tools for participants.
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