WiZiQ announced the start for Public Paid Classes in their blog today. They also got themselves a new look so I think it’s time to put them into the spotlight again.
Let’s start with the new design. WiZiQ announced and started implementing it to their site midth of march.
The thinking behind the new logo is to create a professional, elegant, classy and a minimal look.
I think they achieved this goal quite well. Quoting myself on their comments: I really like the education.online It is right on the point like Nike’s Just do it.
I am not sure about the colors. The grayish part is a bit too pale for me. The overall navigation is much better and reminds me a bit of the great navigation on italki.com.
All in all a good change that makes the site easier to use and gives the whole experience a more valuable feeling.
But the major change was announced today. WiZiQ launched Public Paid Classes and is now besides eduFire.com and Myngle.com the third platform that offers teachers the possibility to conduct paid 1:M classes online.
The big difference to their competitors is that WiZiQ use their own technology. I think this can be an advantage over the long term as they are not depending on third party software for their main feature: the virtual classroom environment. Myngle is using an old version of the dimdim classroom (dimdim launched version 5 of their virtual classroom yesterday, will post about this, too) and eduFire is using the Adobe Live Connect Pro environment.
The problem that I see there is that those two platforms are totally depending on these companies and it makes it very easy for future competitors to clone their services. All you need is to build a platform, some kind of a social network based on ning.com or elgg.org should work, add the payment methods like PayPal and off you go. And I think this will happen sooner or later. It will be very interesting which virtual classroom Video Native Speakers will use, for example. And as italki.com seems to plan 1:M classes in the future, too, they have to choose one of those softwares if they are not coding a virtual classroom on their own.
But lets go back to WiZiQ as this is a topic on its own. I applied for Public Paid Classes this afternoon and got the confirmation only about one hour later. That’s what I call service. Of course I checked out if it really works immediately and yes, I can now enter a price and a number of students in my schedule. Just click on the picture to get a closer look.
Public Paid Classes can be scheduled by teacher who
- has conducted at least 02 successful free public classes and/ or
- has conducted at least 10 private classes and/ or
- undergoes an online training on WiZiQ through one of our user training consultants
Currently, we only allow teachers from countries supported by Paypal to schedule an online paid class
For new students who apply for a class WiZiQ will take a commission of 30% but for students who are in your contact list they will only take a commission of 5%. The teacher will be paid after the lesson directly to his PayPal account.
Here you can have a look on the presentation of a Public Paid Class on WiZiQ. I think it gives the student a very good overview and confidence in purchasing. Especially the listing on the right side gives briefly all the information needed and show all the extra features without being pushy.
Therefore I will prepare a topic this weekend and go live with my first Public Paid Class. Of course, I will keep you updated on this.
The question is: are there students on WiZiQ who are willing or who are able to pay for classes? Up to now I only offered free Public Classes on WiZiQ and neither Myngle nor eduFire brought me paid classes with more than two students.