Learning at Qedoc
This page is a first guide for people who would like to use existing Qedoc resources for their own learning or the learning of their classes. If you are looking for information about just contributing Qedoc by creating new content or modifying existing content, please see "What can you do?".
For case studies of Qedoc use, please see: how people can use Qedoc
Play and learn
Everything is open
Everything is open for you or your students to play and learn with. Sometimes people can't quite fathom this. Let's be clear:
- Every learning resource can be launched straight off the web - for your convenience.
- Every learning resource can be downloaded and used offline - for your assurance into the future.
- Every learning resource can be redistributed cost-free under Creative Commons licences.
- There are no ads in the java-based client.
- Learners are not required to register with us.
- There are no fees.
- There are no time limits on any of this.
If you think there's a trick here, please tell us about it on the talk page.
This is quite unique
If you go through the above list of things about learning at Qedoc, you'll find that there is pretty well no other e-learning site around the place that does all of that. Some sites will give you web-based learning, but they'll accompany it with user registration (privacy issues), either ads or fees (or both), and they certainly won't let you download their content because they want to keep you on their site. Qedoc's dual web-based and desktop use of interactive resources is also technologically quite unique - most sites are limited by technology either to the desktop or to the web - they can't do both.
All our learning resources have their own page on this wiki, and every page has a "launch here" link at the top where you can activate the learning resource for online use. For example, you can take your class into a computer room, give them the URL of a page on this site, and off they go learning. You don't need to go through the pain and bureaucracy of getting stuff installed on your school computers.
You can download any educational resources from this site free of charge, and use them together with the Qedoc Quiz Player (also free) for helping students, children or trainees learn things in a fun, interactive way. This means you don't have to be online all the time. You can disconnect your children from the web while they are learning and keep them and your computer safer. You don't have to hang around while the site experiences slow-downs and outages, which happens a lot with some e-learning sites. And you don't have to worry if Qedoc disappears or stops being so philanthropic - because you've got the stuff firmly on your desktop.
Competitive learning is when classes and other groups of learners compete against each other in forms such as halls-of-fame, head-to-head and so on. Competitive learning is important, because many children will refuse to learn without it. Competitive learning can also unleash hidden talents in the most unlikely corners of the classroom. The Qedoc Quiz Player, both in its web-based and desktop versions, offers every user immediate access to a range of options for competitive learning.
Resources on this site can also be exported to other formats using the Qedoc Quiz Maker. For example, some resources can be converted for use with Moodle. Again, you can do this for free. See interoperability.
- How people can use Qedoc (case studies)