Today I had my first public session on WiZiQ.com.
Public sessions are classes with several attendees that are offered by teachers on the WiZiQ platform for free. There is a huge variety of topics available, from languages to mathematics, from exam preparation to spiritual guidance.After the problem I had last week, today I immediately got a connection to the WiZiQ Server. I also want to say thank you to the WiZiQ team which immediately responded to my problem and sorted it out very quickly. Great Service!
The session itself was really smooth. There were between 8 to 13 students with me in the classroom, the text chat was stable and my voice could be heard clearly by the participants. Just two or three minor breakdowns of the voice chat during the session.
I uploaded some slides (the same I used in the EduFire session last sunday). Unfortunately, the WiZiQ classroom did not scale them automatically, so they appeared too big on the screen. I think the reason was that I used a pdf file and not a ppt. Funny though that the rescaling does not work with pdfs. Next week I will try out a ppt.
When I gave mic control to the students the delay was ok but far away from the quality of Skype. A communication is basically not possible. At least the teacher cannot make corrections in between the student speaks. I tried it though but it was too confusing and in the end I changed back to good old “teacher speaks, students listen” style.
I have to say that this is not only a problem of WiZiQ, would not be fair to say so. I know not one classroom with a working voice chat. At the moment, nothing beats Skype on that sector.
All in all WiZiQ public sessions are a really great way to promote yourself. I did not make a promotion this time because I was not sure if it would work. But I got up to 13 students in the classroom, coming from WiZiQ. Really great!
The embedding feature that you can see on my websites is a killer, too. Just embed your classes like a YouTube video, easy as that.
The classroom looks really nice, is easy to use and is very stable. If one day the voice chat issue will be solved, it is near to being perfect.
The session is automatically recorded, so the students and the teacher can revise it afterwards.
Conclusion: if you haven’t already, try it out. It’s free, it’s fun and it can boost your teaching business if you promote yourself as a teacher in free public sessions on WiZiQ.