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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Adding Voice E-mail to a Moodle 2 Site

Wimba voice email allows instructors to send an instant voice email message to students directly from a Moodle page. This is a great way for language instructors to communicate with their students in the target language, and for students to get more authentic language practice.

It's easy to add Wimba voice email to a Moodle 2 site. Before starting, make sure you have either a headset with a microphone or a computer with a built-in microphone. Also make sure that Java is enabled on whatever browser you're using, since Wimba requires Java, and check that pop-up windows are not blocked.

  1. Go to the Moodle page, and turn "Editing" on (button on upper right hand side of page).
    Add a Block
    Fig. 1

  2. Select "Add a Block" on the side of the page (Fig. 1). Within this block, select "Voice E-Mail."

  3. A new "Voice E-Mail" block will appear on the Moodle page. It is ready for use.

  4. To send a message in the Voice E-Mail block, select the intended recipients among the options (Fig. 2). The addresses of everyone who has access to your Moodle site are automatically available for emailing.

  5. Voice E-Mail Menu
    Fig. 2

  6. A pop-up window will then appear in which you can record the message (Fig. 3).

  7. Record your message by hitting the red "record" button on the pop-up box. You can also type your message to the students in the blank field below. If you're not satisfied, hit the "record" button again, and your previous message will be automatically erased and replaced by the new message.

    • Always copy yourself on any voice messages sent, so you have a record to refer to.
    • If you don't copy yourself, you won't have any record that the message was sent.
    • You can listen to the message after you've recorded it by hitting the triangle "play" button.

    Recording Window
    Fig. 3

  8. When you're satisfied with the message, send it out by hitting the "Send" button on the upper left-hand side of the pop-up box.

  9. Recipients will get an email that contains a link to the message, which is stored on the Wimba server.

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