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Important Notice Regarding Blackboard Wimba!

Blackboard Wimba Classroom is being replaced by the Blackboard Collaborate Web conference. Blackboard plans to retire Wimba Classroom at the end of 2014 with Wimba archives (recordings) available only until August 2015.

  • Can I still use Wimba?
    • Yes, Wimba will be available in Blackboard until the end of 2014
  • How do I save my Wimba recordings?
    • You can convert and download the Wimba recording as an MP4 / MP3 file and save locally.


Download/Save Archived/Recorded Sessions

Wimba Classroom archives can be downloaded from Blackboard as either an .mp4 (video) or .mp3 (audio) format and then saved locally onto your computer, flash drive or uploaded to your YouTube account. 

Download a Wimba Classroom archive:

  • Login to the Blackboard, go to Wimba Classroom session list (Course Tools, Wimba Classroom)
  • You will see a list of archives associated with each Wimba session.
  • To download the recording, click on either the “MP3” or “MP4” button to start the download process. (Note, you can only download one archive at a time)

Download a Wimba recording using link:

  • Copy the entire link address and paste the link into the browser address line.
  • From the Wimba login page, type your initials or name in the Participants Login text box and click Enter
  • The “Run Wizard” page will open, if you have run Wimba previously and have gone through the setup wizard, select “click here” to open the recordin
  • When the recording opens to the right of the pause/play option, click the down arrow to the right of Downloads and select either MP4 (video and audio) or MP3 (audio only) format
  • When the recording is complete, selecting Downloads again will open the Save File option, select save file and the converted M4V file will be in your computer’s local download folder.

If you download a Wimba archive using the .MP4 format and you want to upload it to YouTube you will need to change the file extension to .mp4

  • In your Download folder, right click on the file name and select “Rename” from the list.
  • Change the file extension from .m4v to .mp4. Then hit “Enter” from your keyboard - you may receive a warning that change file type may become unusable – just click OK to make the change. 
  • Verify that you can play the video and once done you now have the video (MP4) saved locally. 

Learn About Collaborate?

Our eHelp website has documentation and videos that will help you with using Collaborate:

You can also contact eLearning to schedule one-on-one sessions or invite us to your next department meeting

The Wimba information below will be replaced at the end of 2014

Archiving/Recording Sessions

Watch a short video on "Beginning an archive session"

To archive recorded sessions please select the following options:

  1. Automatically Open New Archives (archives are by default set to "open")
  2. Access Settings (expand by clicking the >) -  place a check mark in the "Enable Guest Access" (creates a web link that can be used in emails; backup or in future/other Blackboard courses)


Using Wimba Classroom

How Do I Set Up a Live Classroom?

  • Log into Blackboard Course
  • Select Course Tools; select Wimba Classroom; Create Room
  • Type in a name (e.g., Chapter 5 Review session)
  • Select (check) Enable Guest Access this will provide a URL that can then be email or added to another course or semester.

Click here for detailed directions.

Create Wimba Classrooms for Groups in Blackboard

Create a menu tab; e.g., Wimba Groups for easy access by students; then use this menu tab to set up a Wimba classroom for each group:

  • Select  "Add Interactive Tool"; "Wimba Classroom"; "Create Room". On the Create Room options page
  • Type in room name; select "Presentation tools are available to to both students and instructor"; select option to "Automatically Open New Archives";
  • Click Submit

Now that room(s) are created need to add a Wimba Classroom Blackboard  link:

  • Select the group room(s) created above
  • On the Add Link: Wimba Classroom page; select (highlight)  the room(s) created above and click Submit
  • Select desired options and click Submit

You will need to create a Wimba classroom for each group.

Click here for detailed directions.