The WizIQ Virtual Classroom and LMS software has been a part of the Ed Tech space for nearly a decade. There are six essential features of the product which are as follows:
- Virtual Classroom – Through which the instructors conduct face-to-face interaction online.
- Online Course Creation – Using the online course creation feature, the instructors create self-paced and instructor-led courses.
- Tests and Assessments – Option to create tests and assessments within the LMS is our USP, and we offer six types of tests and three types of advanced tests
- eLearning Analytics – Tracking attendance, test results, course performance measurement, record keeping among others.
- Mobile Learning – Learning on-the-go with the WizIQ mobile learning app which is available for both Android and iOs platforms.
- LMS eCommerce – Selling courses through WizIQ platform is secure and straightforward.
Instructors can create their online Academy on the WizIQ platform and can brand the site as their own. They will be able to customize the URL and favicon image, the color theme on the platform to match their brand. After creating the academy, the next step is to launch live classes, self-paced and instructor-led courses within the academy. The online academy is a place of learning, and the instructor can invite or add students to the academy.
On the WizIQ platform, it is easy to create online courses, and the instructor can just share them as a paid/free online course with the academy’s registered/unregistered users. Instructors can learn how to launch live classes, create self-paced and instructor-led courses and sell their courses online, through WizIQ.
How do we create Tests and Assessments?
Post creating courses online, the next question that arises in an instructor’s mind is if he/she can test the knowledge that has been delivered through the online course. WizIQ’s online exam builder feature helps teacher/trainer create tests of different types. Using WizIQ platform, online tests can easily be created independently or within the course.
Creating a Test within a Course:
While creating a course, the instructor has an option to add tests to the ‘Course Schedule’ section.
Upon clicking on the ‘Test,’ the instructor is taken to ‘CREATE A TEST’ screen with an option to fill the title description and others which will be discussed in the latter sections.
Creating a Test Outside the course:
Also, one can create a test separately, outside the course structure. When the instructor logs into the academy, the instructor clicks the menu icon which shows options for Library, Courses, Tests and Live Class.
To begin creating a test, the instructor must click on ‘Test.’
There are three tabs titled Publish, Draft, and Past. On the right-hand bottom of the screen, the instructor will be able to see a green icon which is the ‘CREATE A TEST’ option.
- Publish: All the tests that have been published and are currently running are housed in this section.
- Draft: All tests that are in the process of being created and not published are placed in this section.
- Past: All tests that have been published in the past are kept here.
- CREATE A TEST: A green icon on the bottom right-hand side of the screen lets the instructor create the test.
Once the instructor clicks on the ‘CREATE A TEST’ icon, the instructor can see that creating a test is a three-step process. These three steps are 1) About the test 2) Add Questions 3) Publish Test. Under the section ‘About the test’, some blank fields appear:
- Title: The instructor has to give a title that best describes the test in a maximum of 70 characters.
- Description: A description of the test, covering some fundamental objectives of what the test aims to measure, observe, should be given by the instructor which should be within 5000 characters.
- Instructions: Under this field, the instructor must specify a) what should the learner keep in mind while attempting the test and b) what rules must be observed during the test. The instructions have a maximum limit of 5000 characters.
- Basic Settings: Under this field, the instructor is given options for specifying parameters of the test.
- Marks for Questions: The instructor has a choice between giving weightage to each question separately against the radio button ‘Varies per question’ or giving the same weightage to each question against ‘Equal’ radio button. Once the instructor chooses this option, he can input weightage in numerals/marks.
- Negative Marking: The instructor will have the option of choosing a negative marking upon selecting the wrong answer, a certain percentage of marks (from the total marks gained in the test), are deducted – by clicking on ‘No’ and ‘Yes’.
- Test Duration: Specifying the duration of the test or how long will the test take to finish, is specified in this section by the instructor. By clicking on the radio button options of ‘No Limit’, the instructor lets the learner to take his/her own time to complete the test. If the instructor clicks on ‘Limited to’ option, then the instructor can set time in minutes – duration in which the learner will have to complete the test.
- Advance Setting: The advance setting has some features like ‘Shuffle’ which can be accessed by those who have a paid subscription for the WizIQ platform. Even then, some of these advanced functions can be used by free and paid members.
- of Attempts – This field may be accessed by all members (paid or free) to set the number of attempts a learner can make to take the test. Two options are ‘Unlimited’ or ‘Fixed’ from which the instructor can opt. In case he/she chooses ‘Fixed’, the instructor will be prompted to specify the number of attempts that can be applied to the test.
- Test Validity – Some tests may be created out of information that is subject to change. Questions made out of such topics are relevant only for some time. In such situations, the instructor may choose to keep the test going for an unspecified period by clicking on ‘Anytime’ or for a specific duration by choosing ‘From’ and specifying dates.
- Review Test Attempt – If in case the instructor wants the learner to revise or review his answers, he/she may select from two options ‘Allowed’ and ‘Not allowed.’
- Show correct Answers – Again, the instructor may or may not allow learners to see the right answers by selecting either ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’
- Shuffle – Only subscribed members will be able to use this section. The instructor can shuffle ‘sections’, ‘questions’ and ‘answer choices’. This feature is to prevent cheating among students in case they are sitting for the test at the same time.
Once all the required options have been selected, the instructor should click on ‘Save’ and then click on ‘Next’.
If the instructor clicks on ‘Save,’ then he/she is taken to the following page. The prompt asks the instructor to refresh the page to go to the next part of creating the test.
After refreshing the page, the instructor will go to the ‘Draft’ section and will need to re-access the test. The instructor is taken to the page below. The instructor should click on the ‘Edit’ tab to begin adding sections and questions to the test.
If the instructor clicks on ‘Next’ in the ‘About the Test’ section, then he/she will be led to the screen below, and the instructor should click on ‘Add Question’ button.
The instructor is offered to create test in three ways –
- Multiple Choice – In this type, questions have multiple responses, and students must choose the right answer from these responses. There are three subtypes of this method: MCQ Standard, MCQ Multi-Response, and Choice Matrix Table.
- Written and Spoken – In this type, questions which are in the long essay type format are designed through this section.
- Fill in the Blanks (Cloze) – This section has six sub-types of the fill in the blanks, which are supported by just bank field, multiple choice in the blank, multiple images in the blank, blanks with drag and drop functionality among the others.
Demonstrating the Process of Creation of a Test:
To explain the steps to the creation of a test, we can use the example of Multiple Choice test type and its sub-type – MCQ Multi-Response.
Multiple Choice Type: In this section, the instructor may choose among three options
- MCQ Standard
- MCQ Multi-Response
- Choice Matrix Table
If the instructor selects MCQ Multi-Response for creating a test, a new window will pop-up, and the instructor will see an ‘Edit’ and ‘Preview’ tab. To create the question, the instructor has to select the ‘Edit’ tab. The pop-up also shows four clickable sections of
- Questions Editor: Input the question under the ‘Stimulus’ field. In continuation, give options which include the right answer to the question. The instructor has the option to add more than four responses to the question.
- Validation: Under this tab, the instructor specifies the correct answer among the options, chooses to give negative scores, and decides to add minimum score if the question is attempted.
- Formatting: The instructor will get the option to choose Style (block, columns, radio button, and vertical); Label Type (Number, Alphabets-uppercase, Alphabets-lower case); Number of columns, orientation.
- Advanced: This section can accept Math questions with the support of MathJax and MathQuill.
Once the question is finalized, the options at the end of the pop-up are ‘Create another’ ‘Create’ or ‘Cancel.’ If the instructor selects ‘Create another’, a new question section opens up under the question created, and the instructor may continue creating the test in the MCQ Multi-Response section. The ‘Create’ button adds the question to the section, and the ‘Cancel’ option removes the pop-up altogether.
Also, the instructor can ‘Preview’ the question created on the tab beside the ‘Edit’ tab to see the preview of the question that will be visible to the learner.
By clicking on the next button in the ‘Add Question’ section, the instructor will be taken to a preview of all the questions he/she has added with the parameters that were specified while creating the test.
The last step is to publish the test which will then show up under the ‘Publish’ section of the test.
Similar pop-ups will come for all the questions you want to add to the test, under all the methods specified.
It would be helpful if the instructor has a word copy of the test questions to be able to create the test quickly. Also, the instructor may use the option of ‘Clone Test’ in which an existing test can be copied with the same parameters. The advantage of this feature is that the instructor will not have to create questions again – he/she may only modify parameter settings.
Tests and Assessments are an important part of the course schedule to check if the learner is absorbing what is being taught online. The WizIQ platform is a technologically sound platform which supports teachers with their online courses a 100%.
The WizIQ platform has also been recognized by the Brandon Hall Awards in Technological Excellence for Bronze for ‘Best Advance in Technology for Virtual Classroom or Conferencing Technology’ (2017), Silver for ‘Best Advance in Mobile Learning Technology’ (2017) and Bronze for ‘Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology’ 2016.
WizIQ has hundreds of happy customers who have successfully taken their courses online. This is what one among many happy customers says about WizIQ: