WizIQ is a learning management platform that makes transitioning from the physical classroom to online classes as painless as possible. Complete with tools, features and products to facilitate online education or distance tutoring, WizIQ requires no special software, hardware or technical skills to get started, either as a teacher or student. Using the WizIQ Virtual Classroom, instructors can deliver interactive online classes and teach just as in a physical classroom. Time-saving collaboration features between teachers and students are also available, and well-documented APIs allow just about anyone, from the private tutor to universities, to get started with online teaching.
Some of WizIQ Virtual Classroom’s core features include audio-video communication, whiteboard, text chat, content library, and desktop screen sharing. Other features include multilingual support, polls, breakout rooms, integrated media player, attendance reports and notifications, teacher-managed control options, plug-ins, iPad and Android apps, live class recording, network health monitor, and 24/7 customer and technical support.
Because more and more people are turning to the Internet for just about anything, including learning, it’s no surprise that distance education is on an increasingly upward trajectory. With the Internet being a global platform, instructors are afforded far-reaching teaching capabilities, and students, regardless of their geographical locations or time preferences, can join courses crafted by world-class instructors on various topics.
More than just a web conferencing platform, WizIQ Virtual Classroom’s multi-way video and audio features allow for an interactive learning environment that simulates face-to-face teaching, like it’s done in a traditional classroom setup.
Created for small to large businesses across multiple industries, WizIQ Virtual Classroom is especially built for teachers and trainers, test prep and tutoring companies, corporations, and colleges and universities. It serves any individual or entity from any industry that is amenable to the interactive or online learning concept. Targeted company roles include decision-makers, HR heads, managers, CEOs, and deans and administrators of educational institutions.
Currently available content for students include languages, project management, information technology, music technology, engineering, accounting, and analytics, among others.
WizIQ Virtual Classroom’s audio and video communication feature allows a maximum of six people to collaborate via live full-screen video streams, without the need to download any software. Simultaneous audio communication can be conducted with any number of people, and echo cancellation allows for clear, no-echo communication lines. WizIQ Virtual Classroom utilizes peer-to-peer (P2P) networking technology to minimize server delays and latency issues.
Audio and video controls can be awarded to students to allow them to speak. This then gives them the option to share their desktops, audio and video with other people in the class.
The WizIQ Virtual Classroom whiteboard functionality equips instructors and presenters with multiple teaching paraphernalia like drawing tools, selection and pointing tools, mathematical toolbar, and tabs for multiple whiteboards. The whiteboard facilitates delightful, real-time classes, as it can be used to solve mathematical equations, write notes, create diagrams, and show graphs. Your work can be saved for future reference, and multiple to unlimited whiteboards ensure you don't have to erase anything.
The whiteboard allows instructors to play PowerPoint presentations, project spreadsheets, and share documents from your computer or the Content Library. To play videos, they can be accessed using their respective YouTube URLs or uploaded to the Content Library. Once given the controls, students can also use the whiteboard to brainstorm ideas among themselves.
Equipped with multiple language capabilities so teachers and students can communicate in the language they’re comfortable with, WizIQ Virtual Classroom’s text chat feature makes way for real-time collaboration between teachers and students.
Group chat allows students to ask clarifying questions, and the one-on-one chat function enables teachers to give certain students the personalized attention they need. The chat room can also be customized, like assigning colors to distinguish topics or the people on board.
The Content Library serves as the centralized depository where instructors can store all of their educational resources, which they can then easily add to their classes or courses whenever appropriate. Previously uploaded files in the Content Library can also be used for live, real-time Virtual Classroom discussions. File formats can include Word documents, PDFs, videos, audios, and presentations, and can be up to 1 GB in size.
For easy access anytime, anywhere, and on any device, WizIQ’s cloud-based Content Library uses Amazon’s global cloud infrastructure, on top of the WizIQ built-in content viewer and native mobile apps.
The WizIQ Virtual Classroom’s ability to share desktop screens with students in real time enables teachers to enhance their students’ learning experience, like in the case of software demos or presentations not previously uploaded in the Content Library.
Likewise, students can share their desktop screens to emphasize the difficulties they’re experiencing, if any, or to supplement their assertions. It can also be used for collaborative projects, such as gathering real-time inputs for a report that’s due in a few days.
WizIQ offers a Virtual Classroom API that allows users to integrate WizIQ into their own websites or LMS, such as Moodle and Blackboard Learn, Sakai, Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, and eFront. This allows them to manage, schedule and conduct live classes directly from the site or LMS. The API also lets users manage multiple instructor accounts, add, change or delete information about a teacher, and upload course content from their own websites.
WizIQ Virtual Classroom follows a subscription model where the instructor can pay annually based on the number of live, simultaneous classrooms and the number of attendees he/she expects. Plans start at $16 per month, or $190, if paid annually. Support and training costs are included in the purchase.
WizIQ Virtual Classroom also offers a free full-featured 30-day trial with one live classroom and 10 attendees. The forever Free account lets users create paid and private courses, and create and host MOOCs (massive open online courses), with a maximum of 10 attendees for every live class.