December 05, 2007 10:02 ET

Wimba and Take Shape and Share (TSS) Partner to Offer Collaborative E-Learning Solutions to Education Consortium

Leading European Online Community to Offer Wimba Create™ to Enhance Content Authoring for Educational Institutions

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 5, 2007) - Wimba, the education technology company that helps people teach people, today announced an exclusive agreement to offer Wimba Create to Take Shape and Share (TSS), a nationwide educational content repository for higher education institutions and regional training centers (ROCs).

Under terms of the agreement, Wimba will offer Wimba Create™ (formerly Course Genie) to all existing and new TSS members. This new partnership will provide TSS members with a "best recommended" solution for creating online learning content based on the Dutch search profile for educational content. TSS members will gain special pricing to Wimba Create and to Wimba Collaboration Suite™, the education industry's leading multi-modal solution for virtual and blended learning and professional development

Wimba Create enables instructors, teachers, and other educational professionals using Microsoft Word™ to easily generate rich courses with simple navigation and interactive features such as Wimba Voice™ boards. Wimba Create is compatible with the majority of major learning management systems including Blackboard and Moodle. Wimba Create is part of Wimba Collaboration Suite, the education industry's most comprehensive collaborative learning software suite for higher education, primary/secondary schools, and educational publishing.

"The Take Shape and Share European Repository initiative is about developing and exchanging high quality educational content among universities and regional training centers," said Albert de Vos, project manager of the European Repository project. "We are excited about our partnership with Wimba and the opportunity to offer Wimba Create exclusively to TSS members as a 'best buy' in the educational field for authoring and handling educational content."

"Educators are taking advantage of the digital age to help build a new learning environment. An environment that is transforming traditional academia, improving engagement and learning," said Thomas Jepsen, vice president of Wimba Europe. "Wimba Create is a key element of Wimba Collaboration Suite and provides the ability to create online course content for the new learning environment. We are proud to be selected as TSS's exclusive choice of educational content authoring solutions for e-Learning and look forward to working with TSS members."

About Wimba

Wimba is a company focused solely on education and dedicated to the principle that people learn more when they are drawn closer together. Our collaborative software applications for the online education market enable institutions to bridge technology and pedagogy by supplementing course management systems with many of the proven disciplines of in-person learning environments. Wimba's intuitive solutions enable educators and students to quickly and easily teach and learn live online, engage in live chat and instant message exchanges, benefit from oral content being added to text-based course content, and more. Instructors can also use Wimba solutions to convert Microsoft Word documents into accessible course content and to create and administer tests, quizzes, and exams. Our focus on education and collaboration with educators fuels our product development.

Wimba. People Teach People.

About Take Shape and Share

The idea of Take Shape and Share originates from the UK based charity organizations of FENC, the Further Education National Consortium. Over the past 16 years secondary more than 250 Schools and Colleges for Further education have built a repository filled with over 30,000 learning hours of content. The FENC members share this content freely with eachother. In working together to build the FENC repository the British educators have set an example to other European Schools and Colleges.

With support of the Dutch government organization Kennisnet two Dutch Colleges for Further Education, ROC Zeeland and ROC Westerschelde, and FENC have been preparing the repository for introduction to Schools and Colleges in other European countries. With funding from the European Commission the Take Shape and Share community will be extended to several countries in Europe.

Take Shape and Share, the European Repository.

Contact Information

  • Wimba PR Contact:
    Meaghan Shields
    DBC Public Relations
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