WizIQ Serves Many Purposes
WizIQ means many things to many people depending on their needs. My life would not be the same without the WizIQ live classes. I’m a community builder, course and instructional designer, educator, facilitator and/or teacher for many, learner, mentor, moderator, organizer of online conferences, researcher, Webmaster of a few websites, and writer. I need the live online class to connect with colleagues, students, and research subjects on an ongoing basis for planning, problem solving, support, and instruction.
Blending Courses with Live Online Classes
Blended Online Learning (BOL) is a term used when combining fully online courses with both asynchronous or learning management-based that are not dependent on time with the synchronous or live class such as WizIQ that are time dependent. I use both BOL and Blended Learning (face-to-face and online) in my teaching. I need to connect both my fully online and face-to-face students after school hours in real time so I can provide them with ongoing support. I also need to coordinate courses with the live classes. I use Moodle but find easier to have everything in one area and WizIQ offers me a chance to connect my courses with the live online classes on WizIQ. Adding courses to WizIQ facilitates the process of creating and designing online courses and saves me time and money.
Workshops at EdMedia in Denver 2012
On June 27 and 28, 2012, I am going to co-moderate 2 face-to-face workshops at the EdMedia in Denver, USA. EdMedia is a world conference on educational media and technology. EdMedia is affiliated with the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education(AACE) a non-profit “educational organization with the mission of advancing Information Technology in Education and E-Learning research, development, learning, and its practical application”. AACE has a few journal publications and a digital librarythat I highly recommend. In fact, you may download one of my research studies on Instructor Experiences with Implementing Technology in Blended Learning Courses in Higher Education..
Workshop on WizIQ Live Class
People do not need to travel to reach a class or to learn from an expert. They can set a time and learn together in an online virtual classroom. Participants, who are unable to access the virtual class, can watch the video recordings of the class. Learning is becoming more and more engaging as teachers and students meet online in live virtual classrooms. The virtual classroom is suitable for teamwork, professional development, and for audio and video recording for students in the flipped classroom. Virtual classes have a whiteboard, writing tools, media sharing, audio and video speaking tools, a chat box for texting, breakout rooms, polls, & screen sharing features. Participants can share images, audio, video, PDF, Word, and other files through the class library or directly from their desktops. PowerPoint presentations may include full animations. The information in the chat box can be copied and saved throughout the class for later use.
Objectives of the Workshop
The objectives of the workshop are for the participants to learn about the features of a virtual classroom and how to utilize the features for teaching and facilitating online classes. The participants of the workshop will schedule and develop a mini lesson or present a topic using a PowerPoint presentation with the option of adding a YouTube video, images and other files. The participants will present to the other participants of the workshop and invite others through social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, or email contacts. Inviting an audience to the virtual classroom will allow the presenters and the attendees to engage in a discussion around the content of the presentation. At the beginning, members of the workshop will learn about the features and tools available in a virtual class. They will do this by joining a live virtual class that the moderator of the workshop will set up for the group. The moderator will demonstrate how to create a live virtual class and how to share the link with others. The participants will be given the right to use the tools. The participants will practice the writing, audio, video, chat, screen sharing, polling, breakout rooms and other tools available in the classroom. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created and presented in a live virtual class.
Outline of the Workshop
- Facilitators of the workshop will demonstrate how to create a session on WizIQ
- A demo will be provided on the features available in a virtual classroom.
- The facilitators will show participants how to create accounts and enroll in the virtual class.
- Participants will be provided with the rights to use the writing tools so they can practice in a common virtual class together.
- Participants will schedule a live virtual class and practice the tools with the guidance of the facilitators.
- Participants will develop a presentation and invite others to join their live session. They may invite participants from the workshop and/or from their social networks, family, or colleagues.
- During the live virtual class sessions, the workshop participants will practice the features and engage the audience in the content and encourage discussions among the attendees.
- Reflections and feedback on how things worked
- Recommendations on how to make the most of the virtual classroom
Prerequisites for the Workshop
Everyone who has an interest in sharing information with others worldwide or outside the face-to-face environment in a virtual classroom is welcome. The participants will need a laptop, tablet, iPhone, or iPad, and a headset with a mic.
Instructors for the Workshop
Dr. Nellie Deutsch and Dr. Ludmila Smirnova will co-moderate the workshop. Both instructors met on WizIQ at a live online class. Ludmila and I have been collaborating on online and face-to-face conferences and courses for the past 4 years. Watch a class we co-presented at the annual CO12 live online conference in February, 2012 on how we met on WizIQ and became close online and face-to-face friends and colleagues.