QiqoChat is a tool for building vibrant online communities. Your members will be able to build relationships and efficiently share knowledge with their peers.
If you belong to a trade association, you may be interested in reading more about Qiqo for trade associations.
The core tools on QiqoChat help you connect with other professionals for small-group video breakout sessions for an experience that is significantly more enjoyable than a standard webinar.
Each online community on QiqoChat is equipped with the following tools. A screenshot of each is below.
- Circles, Sub-Circles and Notification
- Connect by Phone or Video Chat
- Live Events w/ Audio & Video Breakouts plus screensharing and sketching
- Schedule Coordination Tool
- Peer-to-Peer Weekly Newsletter
- Live Café: 1-on-1 Phone Hotline & Group Video Chats
- Written Conversations
- Questions and Recommendations
- Project Management and Task Tracking
- Uploaded Files
- Community Calendar
- Collaborative Notes
- Job Board
- Search and a Circle-Wide Word Cloud
- Visual Problem Mapping
Circles, Sub-Circles, and Notifications
Groups on QiqoChat are called circles. Each circle is equipped with all the collaborative tools below. You can turn each tool on or off. Circles have a half-dozen powerful subscription options such as “Notify me of new events/questions/conversations/jobs/etc”. Members can set their notifications to immediate or to an hourly or daily digest.
Connect by Phone or Video Chat
Sometimes it’s much easier to speak with someone by phone or video chat than to write everything down in an email.
We are built upon Zoom, a robust video chat system which can handle calls with up to 200 participants.
Video chat is easier than you might think. One Qiqo circle even held an online celebration for one member’s 80th birthday!
Live Events w/ Audio & Video Breakout Rooms
Anyone in your circle can schedule a live event on any topic. Each event has 10 online “breakout tables” and you can add more if you wish. Screensharing, whiteboards, and collaborative notes (see below) are available for each breakout table. Participants can also share links with each other and preview files and websites during the event without leaving the page.
There are many ways to get creative with live events on QiqoChat.
Schedule Coordination Tool
Propose several times for important live events and find the times that are convenient for the greatest number of your members.
Live Chat (typing)
With QiqoChat, we provide chat to our users so that they can engage in “collaboration escalation” which means that they can connect quickly and easily through chat and then they can arrange a video chat right there on the spot or even schedule a live audio/video event for another time.
Peer-to-peer Weekly Newsletter
You can build an entire online community around this simple tool alone. Anyone in a QiqoChat circle can share one announcement or link per week as part of the weekly newsletter. By default, everyone in the circle receives the newsletter, and they can opt-out with one click. Surprisingly, it’s hard to find a tool for a community generated newsletter anywhere else.
Members of your community can walk into a virtual café to have a conversation with other members of their community who are available at that very moment. Members can choose small-group video chats or dial into a phone hotline to be connected 1-on-1 with people from the circle who indicated that they would like to receive calls.
Written Conversations: Live or Asynchronous
This is a powerful tool to help a small or large group of people communicate through written text. Members can schedule video chat events around any conversation (see below). Conversations have highly customizable email notification options so that participants can choose exactly how they want to be updated.
Questions & Recommendations
Members can ask each other for recommendations such as “Best way to do X?” Members can schedule video chat events around any question (see events below).
Members can gather a group of questions into a collection. New answers to any question in the collection will be visible immediately in the menu at the top of the page. Members can schedule video chat events around any collection (see events below).
Articles are a simple way to post a story or case study. Other members can add a 1-click reaction (informative, amazing, etc) or they can engage each other in the comment section.
Project Management and Task Tracking
When members of your circle want to move from communication to collaboration, you’ll find that it’s easy to track all the tasks associated with a project.
First you write a short article about your project. When you edit your article, look under the “Optional Features” section to enable “task tracking”. This turns your article into the collaboration center for your project.
Any member of your project team create and edit tasks associated with this project. You can assign a task to a specific individual, label it with high/medium/low priority, and mark whether it is in-progress or complete.
This is lightweight project management tool is ideal for projects in your community of practice where many people may want to help with a project, but they do not have time to learn a more complex project management tool like Asana or Trello.
Members of your circle can easily upload files to share with each other. You can comment on files, and more importantly, you can include the direct link to the resource when you post a response using the other tools (Questions, Articles, Conversations, Notes, etc).
This is the easiest tool on QiqoChat and a fun way for members to exchange knowledge. Members of a circle can create and share flashcards with each other. Each member can save their flashcards in different virtual piles to help with learning and studying.
Members can add external events from outside of QiqoChat to the calendar for their circle. Everyone who is subscribed to notifications about new events will be updated automatically. This shared calendar is a key feature for helping people make sense of all the relevant events in their community.
Many people can edit a simple text document at the same time. All audio and video events have their own area for collaborative notes.
Members can post new job opportunities that are relevant to others.
Search and a Circle-Wide Word Cloud
This helps participants get a quick and colorful overview of what is being discussed. Then they can search for specific keywords to find what they are looking for.
Visual Problem Mapping
Your members can collaborate on mapping out a problem by identifying the stakeholders, outcomes, and the relationships between them. Collaborating on a common way to see the problem is a powerful first step towards solving it.
Building tools for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing is what we love to do.
Have an idea for another app we should built into the platform? Please do get in touch.
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