- User Interface
When I was working before full-time as an 8-5 corporate slave, I still tried to learn a few things online like graphics and web design, which led me to start a website and took off my freelance writing and SEO career, via text and video tutorials. Hence, when I saw WizIQ on the App Store, I immediately grabbed the opportunity to try one of the leading online learning platforms.
WizIQ, which aims to connect students and teachers in a virtual classroom-like setting, is now available on your favorite iOS device. This iPad app has been featured on a number of media sites like Mashable and New York Times. With this application, you can now join and attend live classes wherever you are. Whether you are taking a break in your office or just sitting pretty in the comfort of your own home, you can still learn a thing or two via WizIQ Virtual Classroom iPad app.
To join a session, here are the steps: first, download and install the app; second, input the “classes link” given by your teacher (if you already have a WizIQ account, just join the class from the ones shared by your teachers). Public classes can also be accessed if you don’t want to create an account or log-in via Facebook. When you log-in as a guest, you can still view the past public courses.
Other features include the ability to interact with the teachers (or speakers) with the help of live chat, audio and video. The lecturer can share their lessons, reports, documents or videos. If you happen to miss a class, don’t worry as you can view previous recordings which you can watch at your preferred time. Teachers can also use the whiteboard feature for an easier presentation.
Basically, the WizIQ interface can be broken down into two sections, whiteboard and chat/video. With the whiteboard, which can be seen on the left-hand side, you can show documents, embed videos, put pictures or draw on the board. On the right side, you can communicate with your students via chat. For a more personal approach, you can enable video via your webcam.
In my experience, the session was smooth though you may encounter an occasional lag in the whiteboard. In addition, the audio quality varies depending on the speaker. To remedy the situation, make sure you have a high-quality microphone or headset. As far as the text chat is concerned, I didn’t come across any problem whatsoever.
Personally, I’d recommend it to educators who are interested in bringing their classes online. I may probably suggest it to my sister who’s currently teaching English to Koreans online. I was impressed how straightforward and easy to interact with the session host. Also, I like the clean interface which you can see on the screenshots above.
WizIQ definitely provides an innovative learning experience. Students and teachers alike need not to be on the same location to be able to learn. Simply open the iPad app and you’ll have access to a wide array of online classes. What I love about it is you do not need to download additional packs or pay via in-app purchase or worry about upgrades. Try WizIQ now. There’s nothing to lose as it’s free, anyway.
Note: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.