In 2013, after having taken online teacher training, participated in conferences on online education, and attended countless webinars on other topics, Zingrone upgraded her student account on the social media teaching and learning platform, WizIQ.com to a premium teacher account and offered her first online course, the Scientific Study of Psychic Phenomena. Sixteen lectures were taught from April of 2013 through July of 2014, 29 students joined the class, and Alvarado joined the lectures in 2014. The test of the medium and the interest of the students in lectures on the academic and scientific research done in the field of parapsychology since the 19th century was successful.
Excited by this, Alvarado put together a roster of active researchers, and Zingrone set up the live lectures and trained the speakers to use the WizIQ system (which is very easy to use both as a lecturer and as a student). From this activity, the November fee-based conference was born, Parapsychology and Psychology: Research and Theory. Offered over two days, the conference included Dr. Alejandro Parra (Argentina), Dr. Jim Carpenter (USA), Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore (USA), Dr. Patrizio Tressoldi (Italy), Dr. Renaud Evrard (France), and Dr. Chris Roe (UK). About 70 individuals signed up for the initial conference, several of them hosting a group to watch the presentations. After the course was over, anyone who asked was given a free invitation (more information on how you can do that below) and another 34 joined to watch the lectures, download the PowerPoints and read the extra materials uploaded to the classroom frame.
As the conference was finishing, Alvarado and Zingrone decided to set up their own teaching business, and began planning the first of what will be annual massively open online courses on scientific parapsychology, Parapsychology and Anomalistic Psychology: Research and Education or ParaMOOC2015. Twenty-free lecturers were lined up to give talks on the research they were actively conducting, some in universities, some in private research facilities and schools. Speakers hailed from the UK, the USA, France, Brazil, Italy, India, Argentina and other locations around the globe. At the time the course finished, 803 students had registered, around 130 individuals had attended at least one live lecture, and several dozen were working on the certificates of completion. Because the course is still open to students, the course count stands at 955 at the moment, and a core of students are meeting monthly in a WizIQ-based or Second Life-based discussion group to discuss topics of their choice.
To support the courses the Parapsychology Online blog and the Parapsychology Online YouTube Channel were established. To find out more about the conferences and courses, click on the Parapsychology Online blog link above and then on the tab for the course or the conference.
In addition to these Alvarado and Zingrone offered a fee-based affordable four-week course on the out-of-body experience and are planning more courses and conferences for the future, as well as ParaMOOC2016.