Frequently Asked Questions

A. About WorldVuze - General

1) Who can use WorldVuze?

WorldVuze is available for elementary, middle, and secondary/high school teachers and their students only.

2) How does WorldVuze work?

Step 1: A teacher signs up to worldvuze.com and creates a class for her/his own students to safely join. 

Step 2: Classrooms create questions that connect to their curriculum and post them for a global community of students to answer. 

Step 3: Information is presented in a way that allows students to easily sort and find patterns in answers to questions and dig deeper to understand why they and their peers around the world are thinking the way they do.

For example, a class may be learning about Climate Change and want to find out how it is effecting people in their day to day lives. Where they may read a textbook or a journal article to understand facts about climate change, WorldVuze is a place where they can find out other young people’s opinions from around the world about climate change based on their own experiences.

3) How do you maintain the safety and privacy of students?
We will do our best to ensure the privacy and security of students and teachers on WorldVuze. How?
  • It is a platform for elementary, middle, and secondary/high school teachers and their students only.
  • All teachers on WorldVuze are validated by ensuring they have a functioning school email address (with their information cross-checked with their school website) and/or upon confirmation through contacting their school directly, creating a trusted community of educators.  
  • Every student that joins WorldVuze, must be given a “class code” by their teacher to join. Students sign up by entering the class code, their first name, last name, username, age, and gender. Only their own teacher will see their full name. 
  • For privacy, reasons we will not have student email addresses. Teachers will have their students’ usernames and passwords in case they forget.  Teachers have access to view and track all of their students’ activity on the site at all times.
  • In case of inappropriate activity, any teacher or student on WorldVuze can “flag” a post, comment, or mindshift. This will immediately send a message to: 1) the teacher of the student who wrote the post; 2) the teacher of the student who flagged the post; 3) the student who wrote the post; and 4) the WorldVuze team. The WorldVuze team will also be prompted via an email alert. If it is in fact an inappropriate post (i.e. spam, hurtful language, profanity, sharing of personal information), the post will be delated immediately. A post can be deleted by: 1) the student who wrote it; 2) the teacher of a student; and 3) the WorldVuze team.
  • To mitigate inappropriate activity, we are using a profanity filter on the platform, which will eliminate profanity as well as phone numbers and email addresses, if posted. Teachers, please inform your students before you begin that you will be able to view all of their posts at all times.
4) Is it free to use?

Absolutely! We believe it is critical for there to be no financial barriers for classrooms interested in joining. WorldVuze is free for all K-12 teachers and their students to use.

5) When can I join?

You can join WorldVuze anytime. It does not require you to coordinate with other classrooms to join in a global dialogue. For students, you can use WorldVuze only when you are connected to a teacher.

6) How is WorldVuze being used in classrooms?

WorldVuze is a flexible and safe online platform K-12 classrooms can use for inquiry based learning and developing a deeper global understanding through first hand student perspectives. Imagine global student voices as an extension of your class that you and your students can access at any time and on any subject! Educators use WorldVuze to engage their students in: class discussions, research projects, debates, statistical analysis, and journalling in a wide variety of subjects from English to Social Studies and the Humanities, Science, and Math.

7) Can my students use WorldVuze at home?

Students can login to WorldVuze in class, the computer lab, and at home!

1) Do I need a registration code to sign up?

Teachers, entering your registration code is optional. You no longer need a registration code when signing up and can choose to leave the field blank. Please note that all teachers on WorldVuze are validated and students must be connected to a teacher (via a unique class code) in order to be part of WorldVuze, ensuring it is a safe educational community. 

2) How do I add my school?

If a colleague at your school is already using WorldVuze, you can enter your school name and click on your school as it appears in blue. If your school is new to WorldVuze, you will need to add it by clicking on the blue link “click here to add it!” in the sign-up field and save.

Here’s a short demo video that may help!

3) I’ve signed up, why am I not able to login?

It is important that we ensure all teachers on the site are valid teachers, we have a couple of safety measures before you will be able to join. 1) The WorldVuze team will be verifying whether or not you are a teacher before you are able to begin using the site with your class. Wait for notice  via email within 48 hours of your validation. 2) Remember to click on the confirmation link that is sent to your email after sign-up. This ensures that the email you signed up with is your own.

Here’s a short demo video that may help!

4) Can I use my WorldVuze account over multiple years?

Students and teachers can continue to use their same WorldVuze account over multiple years (remember your username and password). For safety, students must be connected to at least one class to actually use the site (that is why each class has an “end date”). Also, only validated teachers can use the site.

5) What happens if I switch schools and still want to use WorldVuze?

If you are a teacher and have moved to another school, you can continue to use WorldVuze with your same account. You can do this by going to your profile page, then “edit profile”. There you can change your email address and school name. Please note, once you have done this, we will need to validate you again as a teacher.

1) How do my students sign up?

Students must be connected to a teacher in order to be part of WorldVuze, ensuring it is a safe educational community. For students to sign up:

1) A teacher must first create a class on WorldVuze for their students to join. Each class has it’s own unique 8 letter/digit “class code”, which teachers will need to share with their students.

2) Each student in the class will need to create their own account on www.worldvuze.com, using this class code. Students will enter their first name, last name, username, password, age, gender, and class code. Students will be known by all students and teachers by their username. Only students’ own teachers will be able to see their full first and last names. Note, teachers can also see all posts written by their own students at all times.

Here is a short demo video that may help!

2) How do I get my “class code”?

Students need to enter their “class code” to use the site. Each class has a unique 8 digit/letter code. Teachers, find the code next to your class under the classes sub-tab of your profile page, then share it with your students! Here is a short demo video that may help.

D. Your Classes

1) How do I create a class?

To create a class, go to your “Profile page”, then your “Classes sub-tab”. Next click the button that says “Create a Classroom”. A field will pop-up where you must enter your 1) class name (what everyone on WorldVuze will know you as); 2) class grade/form/level; 3) class subject; 4) class end date; and 5) the age range of your students in years i.e. 11 to 12.

2) Can I have more than one class at a time on WorldVuze?

Both teachers and students can have more than one class on WorldVuze at any one time.

Teachers
All you will need to do is create more than one class and provide the students in each class with the associated class code. You will see a list of your students on your profile page (with their classes next to their names) and can see all of your own student’s activity in your activity feed.

Students
You can use your same account (remember your username and password). Add a new class by going to your “Profile page”, then add your new class by entering the unique 8 digit/letter code then click “add class”.

3) What is the “class end date” for?

The class end date is the last day your class is running. WorldVuze relies on teachers being connected to students. If the class is no longer running, students will not be able to use WorldVuze without teacher supervision.

4) What is the difference between “class age range” and “viewing age”?

The class “age range” is a mandatory field when creating a new class. It refers to the ages of the students in your class, for example “11 to 13”. “Viewing age”, on the other hand, is an OPTIONAL field. Do not choose this “viewing age” option unless you want your students to only see questions, answers, comments, and mindshifts from students in the selected viewing age.

5) Can I share my class with another teacher at my school?

Yes you can! When you are creating a class, you have the option to share your classroom with another teacher(s) registered on WorldVuze at your school.

6) Can I archive my old classes?

If you are starting a new semester or school year and using WorldVuze with a new group of students, you may wish to archive your past classes to de-clutter your page. In your profile page, under your “classes” sub-tab, click on the “archive” button next to the classes which you would like to archive. Check back in on archived classes at any time!

E. Asking Questions

1) How do I ask a question on WorldVuze?

If your class would like to ask a question on WorldVuze, you first must:

1) Have created a class;

2) Have students signed up for that class; and

3) That class must have at least 10 points to ask a public question, which can be viewed by other classrooms on WorldVuze. Your class gains 5 points as each student posts an answer, comment, or mindshift on questions posted by yours and other classrooms.

Teachers, now that you are ready to ask a question, click on the big orange button called “Ask a Question” on the top right corner of your screen.

*Only teachers can post questions on WorldVuze to maintain the quality of questions asked and to limit the number of questions asked by a classroom at any one time. WorldVuze is a place for students and we encourage classrooms to create their questions together.

2) Why can’t my students ask a question?

Only teachers can post questions on WorldVuze to maintain the quality of questions asked and to limit the number of questions asked by a classroom at any one time. WorldVuze is a place for students and we encourage classrooms to create their questions together. Generating questions is one of the most important parts in this learning experience!

F. Navigating Questions

1) How do I navigate through questions?

You can navigate questions in three ways:

1) Browse Questions: Click on the arrows on your dashboard page to move between questions (from newest to oldest).

2) Search Questions: Type in question topics (i..e climate change) or places (i.e. Tanzania) in the search bar to find specific questions that interest you. Flip through these questions by clicking on the browse arrows and “reset” your search to start again.

3) Filter Questions: You can filter questions by 1) categories (i.e. current events); 2) age range; or 3) by time. To do so, click on the drop downs on your Dashboard page.

2) How can I find questions posted by a class or community I am connected to?

You can find questions posted by classrooms or communities you are a part of in two ways. 1) You can enter the question in the search bar, for example “Do you believe life exists on other planets?” OR 2) Copy, paste, and share the question url.

3) Can I delete my question?

If no one has answered your question, yes, you can delete it. However, once students begin answering your question, you can no longer delete it. Although questions are posted by classrooms, once they begin to be answered by students, they belong to the entire community. Many classrooms will be learning from your questions beyond your own. Contact us at info@worldvuze.com if you have any further questions about this.

G. Answers

1) How do my students post answers on WorldVuze?

Students can answer questions after they have created their own account on WorldVuze. Once they are logged into the site, they can click on questions that interest them. A pop-up will appear where students can  click on the multiple choice answer of their choice and share “why” they chose it. Then click “submit”. Students have 250 characters to write their answer!

2) What is a mindshift?

A mindshift is when a student changes the way he/she thinks about a topic. A yellow mindshift button is connected to each question where students can share why and how a question or its’ answers and comments may have changed the way they think!

3) How do I filter answers by answer, country, region, age, gender, or time?

You can look at all of the answers that were posted to a question chronologically OR you can filter answers to dig deeper and discover possible patterns in how students are answering a question. Filter answers by country (i.e. Canada), region/province/state (i.e. Ontario, BC, Yukon), age (i.e. 11 yrs), gender, multiple choice answer (i.e. “option a”), and/or time (i.e. most recent) by clicking on the filter drop-downs on the question page.

4) What happens when I flag an answer, comment, or mindshift as inappropriate?

If you find an answer, comment, or mindshift is inappropriate (i.e. spam, hurtful language, profanity, personal information), click the “Flag Inappropriate” link connected to that answer, comment, or mindshift. This will send a notification to the teacher of the student with the post, the teacher of the student who flagged it, as well as the WorldVuze team. Also, students with a flag will receive a notice in their Activity feed.

5) What happens when I comment on an answer or mindshift?

When a student comment’s on another student’s answer or mindshift they will see the comment in their activity feed!

6) What happens when I agree with a student’s answer or mindshift?

If a student agrees with what another student has said, he/she can click on the thumbs up “agree” button. An update will then be sent to that student’s activity feed!

7) Can I delete an answer, comment, or mindshift?

Students can delete any of their own answers, comments, or mindshifts. Teachers, as well as the WorldVuze team, can also delete any of their own students’ posts, only if it is deemed inappropriate (i.e. spam, hurtful language, profanity, or personal information).

H. Viewing Your Students' Activity

1) How do I see my students’ activity on WorldVuze?

As a teacher you and only you can see all of your own students’ activity identified with their names – their answers, comments, and mindshifts by going to your “Activity” page. To view any one of your students’ activity feeds, click on their name on the left hand side bar.

2) How do I see when students outside of my class have answered our class question?

In addition to student activity from your class(es), you will receive updates on answers, comments, and mindshifts shared by students who engaged with your class questions from the entire community.

3) Can I see analytics on how my students are using the site?

You definitely can! First, click on one of your students (on the left hand side panel of your Activity Page). Next, by clicking on “view reports” you can see analytics on this individual student. You can also filter activity by 1) activity type (i.e. answer, comment) and 2) time.

4) Can I write notes on how my students are learning on the site?

First, click on one of your students, then by clicking “add note”, as a teacher, you can write feedback on only your own students’ answers, comments, and mindshifts. Notes can be seen only by you. Your student and the community can not view them.

I. Passwords and Usernames

1) I forgot my password, what do I do?

Teachers
As a teacher, you can reset your own password by clicking on the blue link called “reset my password” when you are logging in. A temporary password will be sent to you via email.

Students
As a student, your teacher can reset your password (by going to their profile page, under “students”). Next to your name on their student list, they can click “reset password” and give you your temporary password.

2) How do I change my password?

If you would like to change your password, say your temporary password, go to your profile page, then “edit profile”. Enter your new password and remember to hit save!

3) How do I change my student’s username?

If you would like to change your student’s username (for example, if you deem a student username is inappropriate), you can change it by going to your “Profile page” then your students sub-tab. Click on “change username” next to the name of the student, enter the new username in the field below, then submit “Ok”. Make sure your student has written down their new username as they will need it to login to the site!

J. Managing Students (i.e. class list)

1) Where can I see a list of all of my students signed up?

As a teacher, you can see a list of all of your own students by full name, username, and class by going to your “Profile page”, then your students sub-tab.

2) If a student is acting inappropriately, can I temporarily “suspend” them from the site?

As a precaution, we have added the ability for a teacher to suspend a student in their class, due to inappropriate activity. To do so go to your “Profile page”, then your students sub-tab and click on the “suspend” button next to the student you would like to suspend. This means that student will not be able to login to WorldVuze. You can “unsuspend”  a student at any time.

3) Can I delete or deactivate one of my student’s accounts?

Teachers, you can “deactivate” a student account by going to your “Profile page”, then your students sub-tab. Do not deactivate a student unless absolutely certain as it can not be undone! This means the student will no longer be able to join the WorldVuze community. Use this only in instances of say a duplicate account.