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After we created the three different storyboards, we began building slides in PowerPoint.   Visual content for the slides came from screen captures taken from our online collaboration while working in the LMS environments of WiZiQ and Adobe Connect.

Based on the features of each of the four functions (voice / video, text / chat, whiteboard, and content file sharing), we created slides that demonstrated the features. These slides represented what we intend to demonstrate to our classmates during the live demonstration. After slides that demonstrated the features for one LMS, we then repeated the process for demonstrating the same features for the other LMS.

Finally, the last type of slide showed a comparison of the features for a particular function between the WiZiQ and Adobe Connect.

Below is a screen capture of a sample slide.
Screen capture of PowerPoint slide

Click here to download a sample PowerPoint slide.

 

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After creating the initial “paper and pencil” sketches, we transferred our concept to a PowerPoint slide to create a storyboard.  We developed three storyboards to match each type of sketch.  There were three types of storyboards / slides:

  1. Slide containing a large graphic.
  2. Slide containing a graphic with text box.
  3. Slide containing two columns (to be used to compare the two LMSs).

Below is what one of our storyboards looked like.  It is representative of slide #2. Screen capture of a storyboard Click here to view a sample storyboard in PowerPoint.   

Jeff worked up three initial sketches for the Rapid Prototype (PowerPoint):

  1. Slide containing a large graphic
  2. Slide containing a graphic with text box
  3. Slide containing two columns (to be used to compare the two LMSs)

Sketch 1Sketch for PPT slide containing large graphicSketch 2Sketch of PPT slide containing graphic and textSketch 3Sketch of PPT slide with two columns

Background

Main Idea

We believe it is important to compare WizIQ as an alternative to Adobe Acrobat Connect for online meetings and as an online teaching environment. Adobe Acrobat Connect is not free, and is somewhat limited in its features and functionality depending on the amount of bandwidth available.  Additionally, one has to install a required software package to use it.WizIQ is a free, web-based product so anyone can use it anytime anywhere, making online teaching and learning accessible to anyone in the world.  Furthermore, we would like to examine whether or not this platform is viable for online teaching in higher education and the K-12 environment, as well as how it works as a training tool in a private industry setting. Based on our observations, we plan make some hypotheses as to how this platform will affect online learning today and in the future.

Objectives

Since WizIQ is fairly new and very few people know of it, this project will: 

  • Expose the class to a new online learning and teaching platform 
  • Compare two online learning and conferencing platforms
  • Encourage class participation and usage because we will ask others in the class to try WizIQ by participating in our demonstration
  • Incorporate user feedback and evaluation of usage of WizIQ

What is this?

boxing glovesWelcome to our EDTEC 550 project web site.  We are Gerry De Ocampo and Jeff Dungan, graduate students at San Diego State University during Fall of 2007. This project is for EDTEC 550: Introduction to Distance Education taught by Dr. Fred Saba. This site covers our progress through our capstone project for which we chose to do a technology demonstration of online conferencing systems.

The idea was birthed from our classroom experience using Adobe Connect (formerly known as Breeze) during our synchronous weekly class meetings online.  Because Jeff recently discovered an alternative web conferencing software called WiZiQ, we thought it would be interesting to do a comparison between Adobe Connect and WiZiQ. We think our classmates will enjoy learning about WiZiQ and what it has to offer.

You can follow us along our journey as we develop our final demonstration of this technology.

 Sincerely,

Jeff and Ger