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 more than 510 professional templates that are updated to match today’s design trends and 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. 

Tool Snapshot

Price Free Basic Account; Domain Name: $5/month; Combo: $10/month; eCommerce: $8.50/month; VIP: $25/month
Learning Constructionism
Ease of Use ★★★★
Privacy ★★★✩✩
Accessibility ★★✩✩✩
Class Size Unlimited
ISTE*S Knowledge Constructor, Innovative Designer, Creative Communicator

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 (e.g., 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.

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Wix Overview Video

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 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.

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

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.