The WizIQ virtual classroom extension for your Moodle website has just been updated to give you more control and an improved interface. The user interface of the module has been changed to match the look and feel of Moodle. The updated plugin is compatible with versions from 2.0 to 2.3 of the open source LMS.
Here’s a quick summary of the changes made in the WizIQ Moodle Virtual Classroom plugin:
Schedule Class page
New items in the schedule class page:
1. A quick help that opens a popup box is provided for every field item in the interface
2. Time zone: A teacher may choose a time zone of his/her students’ geographic location
3. In this latest version of the virtual classroom module for Moodle, an administrator of the website can schedule classes for other teachers of a course.
View Class page
In this updated version of WizIQ Moodle plugin, students must log in to Moodle to attend any class. The teacher can no longer share class links. A teacher can launch a class right from the ‘view class’ page by clicking on the ‘Launch Class’ link. On the other side, a student can join the class by clicking on the ‘Join Class’ link from the ‘view class’ page.
Manage classes page
A user can download their class attendance reports in 5 different file formats (see the image below):
- Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
- OpenDocument Spreadsheet (ODS)
- Tab separated values text file
- Cseparated values text file
- Unpaged XHTML document
All classes on WizIQ can be recorded. The administrator can then allow students to view the recordings online, or download them for later reference. Recorded classes capture media sharing (audio/video), desktop sharing, and content sharing within the main portion of the WizIQ Virtual Classroom.
Students can launch a recorded session directly from their Moodle course page.
Chris Dawson, WizIQ instructor and evangelist, wrote on the ZDNet Education blog,
…for my purposes, I consider a virtual classroom an essential tool for extended-day learning, virtual office hours, and a wide variety of student and community engagement activities. In fact, Moodle’s compatibility with a vast number of open source and proprietary plugins like WizIQ’s virtual classroom, as well as the ability to easily host it myself and use it as the constructivist learning environment it was designed to be, make it a very compelling choice for an LMS.
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