Hosted Corporate Training

Capabilities and Specifications for WINGsReality EDU Hosted Corporate Training

What is the most efficient and effective way to provide training for your staff, associates, or even your customers?  All organizations have their strengths and challenges.  Most are very good at delivering the content and operations of their business focus.  After all, this is your area of expertise.  At the same time, all organizations face challenges in executing other aspects of their business that are important, but not in the mainstream of what they do.  Take training for example.  Throughout the organization, training is vital to the success of staff members and associates.  Knowledge and skills are power in your organization.  Yet most organizations lack the expertise, or the available time to provide the quality, content, and delivery of training that prepares your staff to deliver the best product and service to your customers.  Why reinvent the wheel when it comes to corporate and organizational training?  WINGsReality EDU is here to provide the most efficient, effective, and convenient training available anywhere.  For over a decade, WINGsReality EDU has been a leader in global, distance learning programs.  Our instructors have decades of experience writing curricula and instructing in colleges and universities, business and industry, and governmental agencies using on-campus, distance, and blended learning environments.  We are the experts in this field and offer powerful online learning systems for your staff and associates, even for your customers.  We can help with developing programs and curricula, delivering one time, or ongoing training, and can manage your entire corporate training program.  When your staff is working from home, or from remote locations, you can rely on WINGsReality EDU to bring everyone together in the same virtual space to collaborate in ways you never thought possible.  Whether you subscribe to ongoing services or want to host a one-time meeting or webinar, we will deliver the most innovative world-wide, real time academic services available anywhere.  Here are some of the capabilities WINGsReality EDU can provide.

Number of students – 200 (Additional students available with prior notice and approval).

Number of instructors - The number of instructors is not limited by the system itself, but the number of instructors should be limited by the event organizer.  Instructors (Moderators) have additional controls in the training program.  Instructor/Moderator privileges should only be granted to those who have a bona fide need to present material and operate additional moderator controls over the training program.

Audio – All students may participate in audio discussion (talk and listen) via PC, mac, or mobile device (requires mic and speakers or headset).

Video – Students may participate via webcam if so desired. 

Telephone participation – Yes, students may participate via telephone.

Allowable devices – PC, mac, tablet, mobile device.

Presentation formats – Multimedia methods of instruction are available.  Live classroom, instructor led coursework is easily delivered in real time to distance students worldwide.  Instructor may deliver presentations in multiple formats including slide decks, videos, documents, screen sharing, etc.  Preferred slide deck format is .pdf.  PowerPoint slide decks may be saved as .pdf prior to uploading or automatically converted in our system.  Video presentations are supported (Must be saved in a YouTube account and uploaded into the virtual classroom from YouTube).  Other presentable document types are images (.jpg, etc.), MS Word, Excel, .pdf, etc.  All document formats are converted to .pdf when placed in the presentation space.

Instructor capabilities – Instructors may upload multiple presentations; deliver content and audio narration; mark up, highlight, and annotate slides and images in real time; add text to slides and images; draw; zoom in or out; zoom and pan; change presentations; control user activity; allow or silence individual students; silence all students; respond to raised hands; field student questions or comments; start and execute polls, voting, and group questions; pass instructor privileges to others; start and stop presentations and classes.  Instructors have group or private messaging capability on screen.

Student capabilities – Students do not have the ability to upload presentations and/or resources into the presentation space.  If students have resources to contribute, they may upload them into the Learning Management System (LMS) ahead of time or share them with the instructor for placement into the presentation space.  Students may annotate or mark-up presentations; listen; speak; participate in on-screen public and private messaging; respond to polls, voting, and individual or group questions; raise a hand to ask a question or make a comment; adjust user interface to suit their individual needs.

User Interface – Fully user customizable.  Includes attendee list, instructor and student webcam images, presentation space, text messaging space, user controls, individual ability to customize the user interface and layout as desired.  Instructors have addition UI functionality such as the ability to upload and control multiple presentations, control student activity and behavior, etc.

Learning Management System (LMS) – The WINGsReality EDU Learning Management System is a powerful resource and virtual classroom that is available for your coursework and training programs.  It allows our clients to create a bank of documents, resources, handouts, videos, attendance validation functions, quizzes and exams, gradebooks, individual and group activities, reporting functions, the ability for students and instructors to upload other resources, and much more.  Please review “The WINGsReality EDU Learning Management System” to learn more about how this powerful and important resource can maximize your training and learning experience and outcome.

Presentation playback – Yes (additional cost).  Must be requested prior to start of webinar.

Public chat transcripts – Yes (additional cost).  Must be requested prior to start of webinar.

Polling – Polls are very easy to use, and instructors may utilize Polls for many reasons.  They can be used to post questions for mandatory response, gain learning outcome feedback to your presentation, gather opinions, voting, gather demographics, answer simple or complex questions, evaluate student experience specific to topic, etc.  Feedback from polls is instantaneous in real time and the results are available to all students and instructors.

Technical Support – You can rely on WINGsReality EDU for responsive, world-class technical support.  We are a click of your mouse away and standing by with friendly, courteous help when you need it.  Online learning and meetings are our only business.  Our vast experience makes technical support quick and easy for our clients.

Online security - The WINGsRealityEDU web site is encrypted and your information is private and safe.

Instructor/Moderator user – As an instructor (moderator), you will need to have the ability to deliver your presentations and programs or have WINGsReality EDU deliver them for you.”  Please make sure to let us know ahead of time if you are not able to deliver your presentation yourself.

Instructor and student system/equipment requirements - Desktop or laptop computer with (at least) 2G of memory and a 1Ghz processor (any computer bought in the last four years should be fine).  Attendees may participate via tablet or mobile device.  Moderators should plan to present using a desktop or laptop computer as some elements of the moderator user interface may not be visible on mobile devices to screen size.

For students, we recommend minimum 0.5 Mbits/sec (500 Kbits/sec) upstream and at least 1 Mbits/sec download bandwidth.  The upstream bandwidth is the amount of bandwidth your computer has available to transmit data to the BigBlueButton server.  These are not hard and fast numbers, as it depends on the activity of the viewer.  If the student is not broadcasting a webcam, the amount of upstream bandwidth used would be less than 0.5 Mbits/sec.

Speed Test

A good way for users to check your bandwidth is to visit speedtest.net.  The results from speedtest.net give the user’s actual bandwidth.  This actual number is important because a user may report that their ISP provides them 0.5 Mbits/sec upstream bandwidth; however, speedtest.net may report an actual number that is much lower.  The difference may be throttling by the Internet Service Provider and background activity on their computer (such as background downloads, file sharing clients, etc).

For instructors, we recommend as much upstream bandwidth as possible.  For example, if the instructor shares their desktop, BigBlueButton’s desktop sharing will attempt to publish their desktop updates as quickly as possible to the server.

Browsers - We recommend Google Chrome (Flash is built-in) or Mozilla FireFox.  You can also use Internet Explorer and Safari, but you’ll get better audio using Chrome and FireFox via WebRTC.

For audio, we strongly recommend students use a headset.  A headset will ensure that others can hear your voice clearly and you don’t cause echo or background noise for others.  Any basic headset with a built-in microphone will suffice.  A laptop with a built-in webcam and microphone will be sufficient as well if you’re in a quiet area.  We recommend instructors use microphones that are suitable for the spaces they are presenting from.  WINGsReality EDU instructors typically use lavalier (wireless lapel) type mics as they are professional quality and do well to isolate background noise and feedback form room audio.  Less elaborate systems may work fine when broadcasting from private or lower occupancy rooms, etc. Please feel free to consult with us on your equipment recommendations.

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To create a customized training program for your organization, contact Michael Lessard, Chief Academic Officer at 207-479-5409.