our team is in the process of looking at tools that will allow us to video conference for a variety of purposes and permutations. wiziq is one that i’ve been looking at and experimenting with for a while and i decided to look at some of the live classes happening this afternoon. well, i found 2 of them, one on technology and the second on mentoring. both sounded interesting, but the mentoring caught my eye because it was in bulgarian. being the ever-curious individual that i am i decided to pop and and see what it looked/sounded like. when i entered i saw slide up in bulgarian and i heard a man speaking, again more than likely in bulgarian. i was looking at how many people were in the room (about 12 or so) and checking out the rest of the scene when i heard in my earbuds “dan, i think you’ve found the wrong room – this is in bulgarian and i don’t think it will be of very much use to you”. i froze. i didn’t come into the room to throw a monkey wrench into this guy’s session but i also didn’t wander into a FREE and PUBLIC room to be called out. after taking a nano second to consider my options i did the virtual equivalent of inching out of the room in the most uncomfortable of ways and simply closed the window of the browser. after laughing a bit and sharing my experience with a fellow cube dweller i started thinking about the expectations an instructor should have when they open a FREE and PUBLIC class. isn’t it natural to expect people may wander in? was the instructor just being friendly by calling me out “in front” of the class? why was i suddenly back in middle school and having to tap dance around when i didn’t know the answer a teacher was asking me for? truth be told, i was enjoying watching the class for the 15 seconds that i was allowed to observe the class. after being spurned by the live classes i thought maybe i would go look at some recorded classes – well wouldn’t you know that the same instructor had a similar class that i started watching, in bulgarian, and not 2 minutes into the recording the same thing happened to someone else! however, and this is KEY, in the recording someone typed in “i’m sorry i don’t understand”, so i would say this person was asking to be addressed, not so in my case. i’m fascinated.
why wiziq might not like me