Boston — Jan. 9
WizIQ Inc. announced Monday it is rolling out the latest version of its Web-based virtual classroom software to users. The new virtual classroom has been in limited beta since late last year and users will soon begin seeing the option to schedule classes in the new interface.
The latest version of the virtual classroom features:
• Active noise cancellation: Participants no longer need to wear headphones to avoid echo and achieve voice communications. The virtual classroom now allows entire groups of students in a single location to interact with a remote instructor using a single microphone.
• Six-way video: Previously, classes were limited to four video streams. Up to six participants in a class can now broadcast from their webcams simultaneously; the instructor can switch among students and shift to full-screen video or a new six-way conference view.
• Screen sharing: Users can now use the latest Flash technologies to share single applications, single windows or their desktops, preventing viewers from seeing unwanted applications or notifications and allowing participants to focus on the task at hand.
• Breakout rooms: Instructors can place attendees into virtual breakout rooms, assigning student moderators for each. Participants can send messages to the instructor, whether or not he or she is in a particular breakout room, and instructors can bring students back into the main room at any time.
• New tools for managing participants: Audio, video and writing controls can now be assigned en masse to participants and attendees can be searched and filtered.
• PowerPoint conversion engines: Importing PowerPoint decks is now faster and concurrent uploads of multiple presentations are more efficient.
Source: WizIQ Inc.