Wimba Collaboration Suite™ Selected as 2009 SIIA CODiE Awards Finalist

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Categories Include Best Education Solution and Best Collaboration Solution

Wimba® Inc., the education technology company that helps people teach people, today announced that the Wimba Collaboration Suite™ has been selected as a 2009 CODiE Awards finalist for "Best Education Solution" and "Best Collaboration Solution" under the respective, Education and Software Categories. The Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) annual CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information and education technology industries. CODiE Awards finalists were selected by a panel of industry experts who reviewed the Wimba Collaboration Suite.

"Wimba is honored to have the Wimba Collaboration Suite included twice in this year's list of finalists," said Yancy Oshita, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Wimba. "The review process is rigorous and we are grateful to have been selected from amongst the over 800 nominated entries. Having an industry organization like SIIA validate our innovation is very rewarding."

Wimba's collaboration solutions augment leading course management systems to foster and encourage dynamic interaction between students and instructors as well as peer-to-peer communication between students and faculty.

By combining interactive technologies such as voice, video, podcasting, instant messaging, application sharing, polling and whiteboarding, students and teachers are empowered with a unique collaborative environment that enhances learning, improves outcomes and increases student retention.

The Wimba Collaboration Suite includes:

  • Wimba Classroom™ - a robust, virtual learning environment that includes audio, video, application sharing and content display.
  • Wimba Pronto™ - the only instant messaging system designed for educators to advance and promote learning.
  • Wimba Voice™ - an audio solution that supports traditional communicative styles of language learning - all online.
  • Wimba Create™ - content authoring software that easily converts Word documents into content for online courses.

According to SIIA President Ken Wasch, "The competition is particularly steep this year during the 24th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards, making selection as a CODiE finalist a real achievement." Wasch further added, "All the companies on this year's list of CODiE finalists should feel justifiably proud of their accomplishment in making it to this stage, and have much excitement to look forward to regarding the upcoming CODiE Awards voting!"

Through a unique combination of journalist and expert peer review, the CODiE Awards recognize 71 categories of outstanding products and services. This year's 345 Finalists represent an impressive array of technology and business excellence and success.

Nearly 190 judges encompassing tech trade journalists, consultants, educators, IT and product specialists, and other knowledgeable, yet neutral, experts have reviewed all of the products entered. The Finalists were chosen from more than 850 nominations submitted by 600 companies.

2009 CODiE Award winners will be announced on May 4 at the SIIA CODiE Finalist Showcase in San Francisco.

About Wimba
Wimba®, Inc. is a leading provider of collaborative learning software applications and services to the education industry. Our collaborative software applications for the online and blended education market enable institutions to bridge technology and pedagogy by supplementing learning management systems with many of the proven disciplines of in-person learning environments. Wimba's intuitive solutions enable teachers 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 content, and more. Teachers can also use Wimba solutions to easily convert Microsoft Word documents into online content and to create and administer tests, quizzes, and exams. Our focus on education and collaboration with educators fuels our product development. For more information, please visit http://www.wimba.com.

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