Wimba Voice Tools in the VLE

The Voice Tools product will be discontinued following the VLE Upgrade this summer. These tools are: Voice Authoring; Voice Email; Voice Board; Voice Presentation; Wimba Podcaster.

After nearly three years of use the take-up for this product has been very small. Less than 1% of modules are utilising a voice tool at considerable cost, and it has been decided the product no longer represents the best use of University resources.

There is an alternative tool already in the VLE for distributing voice recordings (Podcast Episode) and the University provides audio recording tools on the Student and Staff desktops. The VLE Service will look to explore further options in this area during the coming academic year.

To ease the transition existing content will be extracted for current users who wish to reuse the content. The VLE Service and Faculty Contacts will be in touch if you manage a module which uses the current Voice Tools.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the ISS helpdesk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or helpdesk@leeds.ac.uk.

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