Developing Top 3 Professional Skills through Online Education

Grant Town University

Contrary to popular belief online education is not just about studying e-books, journals and other study material online and passing exams. Online education is a whole new approach in the world of do-it-yourself, taking it to another level as students learn to take their education in their own hands. Online education is responsible for the development of a lot of professional skills in the individual. Most of the students of online universities like Grant Town University are working individuals and students who don’t have time to attend regular classes.  Therefore, accredited online courses like the ones offered at Grant Town University are a workable alternative and quite time and cost-effective for these students.

In addition to a quality education, students acquire a skill level they previously did not have. Based on the data accumulated in an internal survey, the following top three skills were found to be ones that were…

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Wiggio review for the K-12 Market place @Wiggio

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Wiggio, a start-up turned Desire2Learn component, has tremendous possibility as a learning tool.  These features and ease of use made it an easy choice for the college market wishing to expanding its digital learning presence, and for clubs, programs and professional development groups wishing to collaborate.

However, as a person working in an institution including primary, middle and secondary grade students.  I have some concerns about using it in the K-12 Marketplace.

Not OKWide open membership.

In an age where we need to be teaching our students prudence in friending, Wiggio appears to have no controls which can be administered over permissions.  This includes the permission to add other people who are not known to the educator, school or community.

Not OKAdequate system requirements and setup documentation.

Because of the BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) philosophy, I have been diligently searching for a product which would host web meetings which supports a variety of computing and tablet OS systems and is kid friendly.  Specifically a jnlp free environment.  I was hopeful that Wiggio was that product.  However, my testing has had intermittently successful at best.  And worse, when I went to try to troubleshoot there was no documentation that I good find telling me what I need to have system-wise.  Two glaring issues for my application – in Chrome browser we can’t seem to make the microphone work, and screen-sharing requires either jnlp or windows compatibility.

Not OKWeb meeting permission controls

Additionally, there do not seem to be behind the scenes controls for default permission levels.  So every student attending must be manually given permission to do anything.  This isn’t very easy to manage as an instructor who does NOT webinar.  I want my students to interact freely in the environment, not have to wait for me to say “now you may speak.”  The in class controls are slow to react and cannot be enabled except by the meeting leader to manually add them user by individual user.

Final Assessment

Wiggio is a great idea with tons of possibility, but in needs to consider the needs of the K-12 community, and go a bit further to meet the needs of younger students and their educators.