New Blogger on WizIQ
My name is Dr. Nancy Zingrone. I am so excited as I’m going to be blogging on WizIQ. Here’s a little about me. I have a PhD in psychology from the University of Edinburgh and an MSEd in Higher Education from Northern Illinois University. I am passionate about online education, having learned a significant amount of what I know about teaching online from the incomparable Dr. Nellie Deutsch and the wonderful folks at WizIQ. My work background includes more than twenty years in personal and individual differences research, publishing, higher education administration, and adult education.
WizIQ for my Classes
I’ve been using WizIQ for my online teaching for a number of years. WizIQ now makes it easy to create courses and connect with learners from around the globe. My students and I can now connect now only through the chats in the virtual online class, but through the course feeds in the courses.
A course feed is a discussion forum. It’s a great way to connect and learn in a social environment. Both the teacher and the students can start a discussion thread on the course feed.
Social Engagement as a Way to Learn
Recently I started to teach a short course on WizIQ. One of the things that I really like about the WizIQ system is that the Coursefeed
can provide a built-in Social Media hub for a teacher like me and my students.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Here’s an image of a course feed. I used the course feed from Teacher Appreciation Week that Dr. Nellie Deutsch had created under Integrating Technology.
Follow the arrows for numbers 1-3:
- Course feed appears on every course on the left hand side of the page.
- You can start your thread at any time. You may ask questions and/or respond to the teacher or the other participants of the course.
- WizIQ has some helpful suggestions on how to use the course feed.
Accessing the Course Feed
The course feed is easy to access. When you click on the course title under your name, it brings you to the Coursefeed. It’s a wonderful interactive page. You have buttons to get to the Courseware, a page where you can add a new live class, upload a PowerPoint or embed a video, upload a test, enroll new learners, and see the faces of the learners you already have.
To the left of that segment you’ll see your next live class in the course. There’s an empty dialogue box waiting for your snowball discussion question, and below that everything you’ve added so far, plus all the discussion that’s going on between you and your students.
To the right of your middle segment, there’s a button for making announcements about your class, a quick block that allows you to pick up the course link quickly for popping into a blog, or into your status on Facebook or Twitter or whatever social media site you love to visit.
Below that is a social media barometer that shows the social media you’re on and the likes you’ve got for sharing the course link. That’s a great way to keep track of how your marketing for your course is going.
Adding Content to the Course Feed
What do you students like to see on the Coursefeed? When I’m taking a class, I love to see uploaded video, lively class discussions, uploads of the live class PowerPoints and tutorials. It makes me feel connected to the course and my colleagues in the course in between the live classes.
Focusing on Student Needs
As a teacher, I try hard not only to pay attention to what the folks who take my course need and want from me, but also to make sure that they have a host of materials available to them. This is important so students can take their learning to a more personalized, customized direction. In a way, the Coursefeed in a WizIQ online course is a one-stop shop for new friends, new ideas and new directions.