Creating a Course

Education & Technology

There really are people to help you!

I have an idea for a course. This is not the course of my dreams, but I think it would be fun and easy to organize. It is a vocabulary review class for students who are preparing for the SAT. Even though I have no idea as to how to do this, nor any technological savvy, I decided to go for it. When there are things to get done, I am not one to wait until I fully understand the situation. I am a “knock that wall down, now!” sort of woman, despite no real understanding of structural integrity. I go forward and hope for clarity and help along the way. Needless to say, I was thrilled and relieved when, with WizIQ, help arrived when I needed it!

Then the fairies came

I decided to register to teach a class and began to click and type in order to make that happen. I entered a whole page of information about what sort of course I wanted to teach, when I wanted it to happen, and what the students were going to learn. I pressed the button that said, “Save and continue.” The second page of questions went swimmingly. I was answering questions left and right. I was on fire. It all felt good. Then I wanted to “Save and Continue.” Suddenly, all the good times ceased. No more joy. No more crazy sense of accomplishment. It was as if everything was dead. I pressed it, nothing happened. I reloaded the page and started again. I tried to “Save and Continue,” again. Nothing. I pressed enter, double clicked my mouse and tapped my mouse pad. The button wasn’t working.

It seemed hopeless. I assumed my cheapo technology had let me down or that the wireless connection was somehow insufficient. There was an on-line help box on the corner of the screen. From the depth of despair into which I had so recently plunged, I dragged my cursor to the box. With no expectations, I clicked it. I explained the problem and the attendant suggested a couple of different things to try. I tried what she suggested, but the button still didn’t work. Then she asked me if she could try. I did not know how this could work, but I was game. She instructed me to download something or another, and then, she took over my computer! I wasn’t doing anything and my cursor was moving all over the screen, clicking and pressing and typing. Then she pressed the button and voilà! It worked! It was like benevolent fairies descended upon my computer and made everything okay. Go WizIQ tech support!

Next steps: Uploading Content

Now that I have registered to teach, I have to figure out exactly how to upload content and work with the controls. I took one of the introductory WizIQ classes today offered by Satish. He walked a few of us through the site and was generally helpful. I am still not sure how to upload content and to actually have the class happen, but I imagine once I get going, it will not be so hard. There’s always the benevolent fairies waiting in the help chat if I get stuck.


I am a teacher, hiker, mother, dancer and home-maker. I have taught pre-school through SAT prep. I am exploring ways to create on-line learning communities for home-schooled middle school and high school students. In particular, I am starting a low-residency on-line middle school. I would like to help young people explore important ideas while enjoying their lives! You can learn more about my programs at

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