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May 17, 2005

New e-Learning System Aimed at Eikaiwas

Wiz Entertainment recently launched a new "online classroom" e-learning system aimed at eikaiwa schools and juku (cram schools). The system uses one-on-one and one-on-many interfaces for video and chat applications, which can be fully scheduled by the client. Functions include: students can view an instructor's video profile or footage of an actual lesson before deciding whether to take a class; questions can be asked before and after lessons; e-mail exchanges are possible without making e-mail address public. The system uses Flash technology and doesn't require students to install any custom software. The visual interface can be extensively customized by each school/client. A typical hosted plan would cost a school a ¥525,000 set-up fee plus ¥262,500 per month for a system that can handle up to 100 concurrent users. Wiz hope to have 50 schools or companies using the service by the summer.
Wiz Entertainment web site (Japanese)
Web learning system demo site (Japanese)

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