Wonder For Workshops & Education


Userlevel 6

Leading a workshop or running remote classrooms are easy with Wonder. Both environments rely on two fundamentals:

  • Delivering information to your participants.

  • Creating a space for discussion and/or collaboration.

Follow these steps to get the most out of your Wonder classroom:

Step 1: Setting up

By creating Areas, set up congregation spaces for your participants. Here’s an example of a digital classroom:

 

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1 on 1 Teacher: Reserved for one on one meetings with students. (Note: Circles can be locked for privacy.)

Student Lounge: Where students can congregate and chit chat.

Breakout groups: Reserved for groups to have discussions as part of the session.

 

Step 2: Addressing participants

Just like in an IRL classroom, a host can address the entire room by using the Broadcast function. A teacher could use this for a lecture or presentation; alternatively, a workshop leader could use the broadcast to deliver information, then assign everyone to their breakout Areas.

 

Protip: Up to 6 people can broadcast at once! You can use this feature to allow guests to share their projects or results. Just share the host password.

 

Protip 2: Sharing the host password will also make these people hosts.

 

Step 3: Repeat!

Your room will never close, so your participants will always know where to go for future workshops.


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Userlevel 3

I would love to have the ability to assign ‘semi-admin’ status to individuals so that they could do smaller broadcasts in individual areas (or just give the admins that ability). 

Userlevel 6

@krieger I think we touched base in the room but so I note it, we are going to add the ability to broadcast in small areas. coming soon :)

Userlevel 3

Thanks. I figured that putting the note out might make people comment and improve it. Looking forward

Userlevel 5

@krieger not only broadcast in the areas, but also be able to assign different roles, i.e. owner, host, broadcaster, etc. These aren’t just yet set in stone, but that’s the idea. Do you have any suggestions?! 💡

Userlevel 3

Sounds great. I can easily see that being useful for group work, collaboration, TA study sessions, etc.

i don’t know that I see a need for owner role assignments for areas, but that may just be me not knowing how permissions work/are divided up in this platform. Also, others (I am sure) will have other ideas on implementing this in different ways. Looking forward to learning from them.

love it.

Userlevel 5

Same here! 

Userlevel 1

For the scenario described, enlarging the hierarchy of roles as follows might be worth considering: 

  1. Host
  2. Moderator
  3. Broadcaster
  4. Guest

A moderator could change guests to broadcasters and conversely; also, allowing moderators to set an “auto-promote guests to broadcasters” option appears useful.  For areas, the new roles Moderator and Broadcaster could be localised.  That is, in an event with several simultaneous presentations in different areas, the host could appoint area moderators to control who can broadcast in the corresponding area.

Userlevel 5

@ulrich.menne hey Ulrich, great info here! localizing broadcasts to areas is something we’re definitely going to work on! how have you been using Wonder for your events and what types of events have they been?! 😃

Userlevel 1

@Wonder-ful_Andrew I am mainly using Wonder in a university context (mathematics). More precisely, I use a single room with several areas in conjunction with Miro for lecturing, for meetings with my research group (both, socialising in the group and one-on-one meetings), and for meetings with my collaborators.  A second room is used for the social part after an international research seminar (one presentation every other month); I would hope to move it entirely to Wonder some time.

  A thought on pricing models For universities and conference centres, it might be an attractive pricing model if rooms were offered with a maximum capacity adjustable at least on a weekly basis.  Rationale: A lecture hall would usually hold many courses with different sets of participants throughout a week; thus, a pricing model based on seats (to be a assigned to a particular person) per month is likely to be either too expensive or too hard to administer (re-assigning seats for different courses several times a day).

Userlevel 5

@ulrich.menne really great how you’re using your Wonder room! Education is definitely a popular use case for us. 

This is also great information on a future pricing model for universities and conference centers. To be completely honest, we’re not just yet sure of the pricing implementation, but we’ve actually decided to introduce pricing sometime in the middle of next year. :) 

Userlevel 1

@Wonder-ful_Andrew: We have moved; generally, it went well.

A second room is used for the social part after an international research seminar (one presentation every other month); I would hope to move it entirely to Wonder some time.

For this research seminar setting, the single feature most missed was the possibility for participants to orally ask questions.  We chose not to give the eternal host link to every of the 30+ participants.

For the scenario described, enlarging the hierarchy of roles as follows might be worth considering: 

  1. Host
  2. Moderator
  3. Broadcaster
  4. Guest

A moderator could change guests to broadcasters and conversely; also, allowing moderators to set an “auto-promote guests to broadcasters” option appears useful.

 

Userlevel 5

hey @ulrich.menne, thanks for this, as always 🙂 We’re almost done working on inviting participants onto the stage while the broadcast is happening! Participants can then also request to be put onto the broadcast. :)  

Userlevel 1

@Wonder-ful_Andrew This new feature (stage invitation and stage requests) is a perfectly balanced choice; it simply gets the key things done without adding unnecessary complexity.

It was a very pleasant surprise to notice its existence during our last seminar.  (By the way, the new control for the maximal size of a circle yielded another significant improvement to our experience.)

Userlevel 1

Whiteboards in areas  Mathematical conference centres usually have blackboards ready in every corner as small group discussion greatly benefit from the ability to write, draw, and erase alongside.  In an attempt to recreate this using Wonder, we have posted links to password-protected Miro whiteboards—one for each area sharing the same name—on our seminar website.

Any possibility to integrate this more would presumably be a valuable addition for such settings.  Even just the ability to post the links inside the areas would make usage more intuitive.

I could imagine whiteboard access from areas to be useful for many more settings—not necessarily limited to education in fact.  The challenge may once again be how to keep everything light weight.

 

Userlevel 5

hey @ulrich.menne,

Thanks so much for your feedback on the new features in the Broadcast Mode as well as the Circle Sizes! I shared your feedback with the team and we’re all so happy. 😃

In terms of a whiteboard integration, definitely! Not sure when something like this will be released and not sure how it will look, but we’re definitely in the brainstorming phase of this. 

As always, thanks for everything 💙

Userlevel 5

Hi - We have been selected to present/demo wonder.me and how we use it in our jobs at a professional conference (of appox. 10000 attendees).  Can we use the wonder.me instructional videos in our demo?  Is it okay if we slice the parts that we are most interested in?  We would love to talk with someone from wonder.me to get some thoughts on how to proceed.

Thank you!

Jodi

Userlevel 1

@Wonder-ful_Andrew

I was excited to see that Miro boards can now be shared in Wonder.

There are two related features that would appear useful to add, as far as I can see.

Sessions.  Drawing again from the analogy to a (mathematical) conference centre, it might be useful to allow the host to attach one board to every area (e.g., a function “Attach Miro Board” similar to “Start session”).  In this way, participants would find a board ready-to-use in every area selected by the host.

Broadcasting.  The item “Open Miro Board” is available during broadcasts but once I click “Add board” (after pasting its URL) nothing happens in my case so far.  I have tested this with different boards and Wonder rooms.

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