Wimba and Moodlerooms Offer Integrated and Optimized Moodle Solution

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Partnership Enables Affordable, Hosted Moodle and Wimba Environment.

Wimba® Inc., the education technology company that helps people teach people, and Moodlerooms, Inc., a Moodle Partner that provides tools and services for online learning, today announced a partnership that offers affordable, hosted implementations of the Wimba Collaboration Suite™ within Moodle, the world's most widely used open-source online learning system.

The Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 combines interactive technologies such as voice, video, podcasting, instant messaging, application sharing, polling and whiteboarding, to extend learning beyond the boundaries of the physical classroom. Wimba's partnership with Moodlerooms makes this safe "virtual venue" easily accessible to teachers and students so they can improve student achievement, address multiple learning styles and participate in engaging, interactive courses online within Moodle.

A growing number of universities and K-12 districts are adopting Moodle because of its affordability and flexibility. Moodle has more than 30 million users worldwide, many of which are active in its online community and help drive development. Because users play such a large part in Moodle's evolution, it is extremely user-friendly and offers instructors and administrators features that continually expand to meet their growing online teaching and learning needs.

City College of San Francisco, a joint customer of Wimba and Moodlerooms, supports its mission to enhance student learning and maintain a commitment to excellence with a Moodlerooms' implementation of the Wimba Collaboration Suite.

"When it came time to choose a new course management system, we chose Moodle, hosted by Moodlerooms, partially because it could be integrated with web-based Wimba Voice," said Carol Reitan, Instructor of French at City College of San Francisco. "Together, Wimba and Moodle facilitate real communication and community building across distances and sometimes several time zones. Using Wimba has really streamlined our online language courses."

The robust integration between the Wimba Collaboration Suite and Moodle ensures a seamless user experience and seamless collaboration. Using a single sign-on, students and faculty can access the Wimba Collaboration Suite the same way they would any other tool in Moodle - no additional usernames, passwords or URLs required. Moodle administrators also save time because accounts are automatically created from within Moodle.

"We are delighted to be partnering with Wimba. The powerful collaboration and communication tools of the Wimba Collaborative Suite create a truly dynamic, blended learning environment," explains Moodlerooms CEO Martin Knott. "The combination of Moodlerooms and Wimba allows users to synchronously see, hear and work with each other within their Moodle courses, just as they would in a traditional classroom - with the added convenience of not actually having to be in the same location."

"Our integration with Moodle enables educators to enjoy a rich, collaborative learning environment while also realizing the cost benefits and flexibility of an open-source platform," said Steve Kann, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Engineering at Wimba. "We are pleased that customers can now leverage Moodlerooms' expertise and experience in developing Moodle environments through our partnership."

Join Wimba and Moodlerooms on April 28 for a webinar that explains how institutions throughout the country that use Moodle can easily add these collaborative elements and make their online classes come alive. To register for the webinar, sign-up now at http://tinyurl.com/ckf8sa. Alternatively, to learn more about how you can benefit from this partnership, please send inquiries to moodle@wimba.com.

About Moodlerooms (http://www.moodlerooms.com)
Moodlerooms supports, expands and shares the possibilities of online learning. By combining tools, expertise, a proven process and a growing partner network, Moodlerooms provides a comprehensive online learning platform so educators can focus less on technology and more on teaching and learning. Simply stated, Moodlerooms makes online learning easier SM.

About Wimba (http://www.wimba.com)
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. Our focus on education and collaboration with educators fuels our product development.

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