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why wiziq might not like me

29 Jul

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.

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7 Comments

Posted by on July 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

7 responses to “why wiziq might not like me

  1. Mark Cruthers

    July 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Dan,

    You’re welcome to attend any of my WiZiQ public classes online.

    Sorry you wern’t welcome.

     
  2. texasbuckeye

    July 29, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    mark – i don’t think the moderator was intentionally making me feel unwelcome, and perhaps having a class in a different language has opened him up to some bad experiences or guests that didn’t allow him to teach. i just thought it odd that he would call me out in the middle of his class. i appreciate the offer, i’ll check out what you are offering, i think i can search by your name.

     
  3. Gregor Gimmy

    July 30, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Hi Dan,

    Great post – helps a lot to understand the needs of educators regarding the use of online tools.

    As you are looking at various tools – may I recommend Sclipo? Sclipo is a web application that helps people teach, learn and share. Some of the things you can do are:
    * Publish, manage and teach face-to-face and online courses
    * Hold webinars and teach 100 or more students live via webcam, doc sharing and whiteboard
    * Hold web meetings to collaborate with students and colleagues via an interactive whiteboard, audio and chat
    * Share educational content from your own library (documents, videos, etc.) – publicly or to a private audience
    * Payments: receive payments from students, directly through PayPal (no commission for Sclipo)
    * Facebook: publish activities from Sclipo to your Facebook wall
    Demo video: http://sclipo.com/videos/view/sclipo-social-learning-network

    I hope you’ll consider using Sclipo and perhaps even share your feedback with me. The opinions of experts like you are essential for improving Sclipo.

    Please contact me any time with feedback and questions.

    Best,

    Gregor

     
  4. texasbuckeye

    July 30, 2009 at 7:32 am

    gregor -thanks for the recommendation, i created an account and look forward to checking out the features.

     
  5. R Sheinberg

    July 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I think your bulgarian can’t conceive of the scope of a “public” forum. Truly we are in a evolutionary phase of this business and proticols reserved for traditional face-to-face classes do not support the new “global” classroom. This is an exciting time as each of us that put ourselves “out there” need to be mindful that indeed big brother might be watching and really that might not be such a bad thing afterall.

     
  6. Jeri

    August 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Dan-
    How funny-but also enlightening–amazing that you are forging such wonderful online connections along the way.
    Impressive.

     
  7. texasbuckeye

    August 5, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    i have to admit that i’m a bit perplexed as to how my blog came up to both readers, but my guess is it was in a search of some sort seeing as both of them had a connection to my dissatisfaction with wiziq. anyhow, i enjoyed the interaction as well. in fact, i was speaking to someone and i may looking into finding a blogging network with folks out there with similar blogging interests.

     

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