So, you are most probably a teacher or a trainer if you are reading this and you may want to know how to provide quality training to your students. You will have most likely exhausted Google search options by now and have, fortunately for you, landed here.
We all know how hard it can be to get students understand something over the web, not to mention, when you are trying to explain a complex calculus function and your video keeps stopping or your software keeps giving you that annoying upgrade to premium pop-up. Your sessions become a disappointment quickly, especially in a well-developed class environment. The last thing you would want to do is to spoil it due to that online video time limit you had on your account.
For some, it may be better for students to take online courses, which offer some visible upsides of signing up for well-known training courses. The benefits of Microsoft training courses, for example, is for student to be able to take the course anywhere, anytime he/she want, 24/7. Such online courses, however, lack one major ingredient: Live interaction.
Fortunately, there are some tools which can offer you a friendly learning environment (read: no annoying ads and so on) and a perk of live interaction between students and their teachers/trainers.
Let’s discuss the top 3 webinar and online conferencing tools, especially designed to accommodate teachers and trainers who want a stress free environment to work in.
ClickMeeting is a popular software service designed to help all those people who wish to conduct meetings over the web, whether it’s with clients, co-workers and friends. Click meeting will serve as the conference room for all.
The service offers a wide range of tools including audio and video conferencing, moderated private chat and full desktop sharing which will allow you to give excellent demos if you require. Moreover, they also have a feature for scheduling meetings over your smartphone. All you need to do is to sign in and schedule. The participants will be informed through mail and you can expect them in the classroom tomorrow!
The list of features does not end here. The global web conferencing features allows you to hold classes from anywhere in the world – literally. As long as you have an internet connection, you are good to go. But here is my personal best and the one that comes in real handy while teaching – Simultaneous Multi-lingual translations. Yep, you read it right. Click meeting is integrated with Google language services which essentially mean that you can explain to anyone in his own language. Just type and the recipient will automatically get a translated version. Hence, you can now easily teach Language or business studies to a Korean student as well as you teach it to an American student. Google translator offers 52 of the world’s most distinguished languages which you have easy access to as long as Google persists.
Overall, it’s killer software for holding meetings and comes with a free trial.
Looking for something more detailed and slightly complex? Wiziq is the website to go to. It’s a site dedicated purely to teachers – and offers a lot of different tools and services to create courses for your whole semester or single class.
You can create a full-fledged course here using help from the Wiziq creation wizard, courseware available on Wiziq and assessment tools through which you can upload or create your own tests. Secure payment and withdrawal options are available as a bonus and they also have a promote feature which you can use for marketing purposes.
Wiziq software has a range of features which you can use to your own advantage, including access to whiteboards, availability for video and text chatting and video streaming, real time VOIP communication and multi-way audio-visual communication, screen sharing, breakout rooms and discussion forums.
Wiziq is quite a popular training tool which is used by people from all over the world. Used by Individual trainers and teachers, colleges and universities, tutoring companies and even large corporations use it for providing training to their employees!
All in all, it’s a beast of a tool to use, however it’s not simple to use and require you to go through multiple planning features compared to ClickMeeting, for example. However, once you are set up, you can make money through teaching while sitting at home!
Capterra is not a tool for hosting or taking classes. However, it’s a website that will allow you to search for the best tools on the web for your particular class niche. There are more than 2,000 software choices on that site, and you have complete access to them.
The site has a range of filters which you can apply to make your search results be more specific. There are a ton of categories and a ton of filters you can apply. Once you find a heading that you like, you can visit the training program owner’s profile or website to get more details about that particular product.
You can search for products based on their deployment functions, for example, you may prefer a web based service; then simply click that filter.
The best thing about Capterra is that it is completely free to use until you find your desired product. What’s more, most products also have a free trial which you can avail to better decide whether you want that product or not!
So, what are you waiting for? Give these formidable services a try until you discover the one that best suits your needs.