Wix

Wix is a web development platform that enables anyone to create a website using simple cloud-based creation and management tools without any coding skills. Wix offers customers over 510 professional templates that are all updated to match today’s design trends and it is available in multiple languages other than english. For students and teachers who are new to web-design, having pre-designed templates makes it easy to develop professional-looking websites. Advanced web designers can start with blank template and develop their own unique styles. 

Price Free Basic Account
Domain Name: $5/month
Combo: $10/month
eCommerce: $8.5/month
VIP: $25/month
Type of learning Connectivism
Ease of Use ★★★★
Privacy ★★★✩✩
Accessibility ★★✩✩✩
Class Size Unlimited
ISTE Standards for Students Knowledge Constructor,
Innovative Designer,
Creative Communicator

Wix can be considered as a Learner-Centered Tool because it allows differentiations of learners. For example, teachers can create different tiers when asking students to submit web project (eg. Innovate – using exist template to create a website, Intermediate – start from scratch to create their unique website, Advance – create their unique website and develop a template that can be used by themselves or other learners in the future).

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Wix is a web development platform that you can create a website using simple creation and management tools without any coding skills. There are three highlights about Wix. Firstly, this web design tool is very easy to use, for those who are not technology savvy or don’t have much time or budget to hire a web designer, wix can be a great option for you, because it has drag & drop functions to make the design process simple and productive. You can insert content anywhere on the website – without limitations. Secondly, it has over 510 professional templates that are free to use. Those are updated templates that sorted by different categories, you will be easy to find the suitable template based on your website topics or purposes. Since the templates already have all the web page layouts structured already, only things you need to do is to edit the contents, insert your own images and text. Thirdly, Wix enables mobile display that you can edit the mobile version separately from a desktop version. This is very helpful if you want to make your web easy and convenient for your visitors to navigate or contact you without any boundaries.

Ease of use: Due to the “Drag & Drop” functions and the professional ready-to-use template, it is very easy for learners to navigate and plug in their content. It has specific tutorials for each feature of the web design process.

Privacy Policy: Wix claims that they truly respect the privacy of its users and are fully committed to protecting users’ personal information (eg, name, email address, locations) and use it properly. They collect and use users’ personal information and non-personal information (eg. visiting data) in order to provide their services and make them better and safer.

Accessibility: Wix is currently not accessible for people who use screen readers or text-to-speech program. Wix has some third party plugin tools to help users with visual disabilities better navigate the website.

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Wix & the SAMR Model 

  • Substitution: Teacher creates a website on Wix with text for students to read (rather than having students read from a textbook).
  • Augmentation: Teacher creates a webquest, or a website with videos and resources, for students to use to learn new content knowledge.
  • Modification: Students create their own websites to showcase their expertise in specific subject areas.
  • Redefinition: Students create educational web tools or resources that can be used by other learners. Students share their Wix websites via social media.

Wix Highlights

Wix Highlights

Learning Activities

Digital Storytelling: Wix can be used as a tool to for students to build a photography gallery to showcase the stories as well as the associated images.

Digital Portfolio: Wix enables students to construct an e-Portfolio to showcase to future employers their professional work on specific subject area. (Example  Teaching Portfolio)

Reflection: Rather than writing a reflection paper, students can design a website. In this reflection website, students can put infographics, audio recordings, video clips and text together to describe and assess their learning experiences as well as sharing how to apply what they learned in this course  to future profession. This activity is an alternative way for traditional reflection paper, which allows for multiple means of action and expression (Example: Reflection on a course)

Blogs & Discussion Forum: Teachers can have students build a series of blogs and interactive with learning contents. With Wix, students can enable the discussion functions within the blogs, to engage their classmates in conversations. In this way, it allows students multiple means of engagement. (Example: Art Blog)

Educational Tools & Resource: Students can use wix to design a website/online course to deliver knowledge contents or address a skill gap. These website products can be used as educational tools and resources. (Example: A website for learning Chinese Food Culture)

Resources

How to Build a Website on WIX

  1. Step-by-step guide source
  2. Video Tutorial

Research

Arcuri, M. P., Mauceri, R., & Hajduk, C. (2004). System and method for facilitating the design of a website. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Zhang, P., & Von Dran, G. M. (2000). Satisfiers and dissatisfiers: A two‐factor model for website design and evaluation. Journal of the American society for information science, 51(14), 1253-1268.

McCormack, C., & Jones, D. (1997). Building a web-based education system. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..