This post is the result of several talks I had with a couple of different people in our industry during the last year. The final impulse to write this down here is on the one hand a discussion in the E-Teaching community on WiZiQ. I will mention the second impulse at the end of this post.
All this brought an idea back to my mind I already had back in late 2008. And a couple of weeks ago I discussed basically the same with Jason West, the founder of Languages Out There.
Hence today I would like to set up a simple scenario that could fundamentally change the way people in developing countries could get access to high quality education.
On Monday eduFire launched its new Tech Channel. Topics include for example Java, PhotoShop, php, SEO and WordPress. This is their contribution to fight structural unemployment. One can say that after teaching people how to found their own business with the Business Channel, eduFire now want to serve those businesses with well trained employees. If you want to read more about this interesting topic, I suggest the article on BitchBuzz.com because I would like to focus on something else in this post.
How did this came about? Why did eduFire change from a pure language learning marketplace into a platform focusing more and more on business related topics?
The answer is very simple. It’s all about a hyperlink with four little words that changed the eduFire Business Model.
Facebook users can now buy Self Study, One-to-one and Group Courses in the English Out There Book Store on the Facebook page of the company and practice their English with their native speaking friends on Facebook.
This Vlog is about the entry level of language students when they take online one-to-one lessons with a teacher. There seems to be an increase in this level, less and less students start at beginner or elementary level.
What is the reason for this? Is it because of the popularity of online language learning communities like Livemocha, Babbel or Busuu?
What are your experiences? Please vote and / or comment.
This is my first Vlog post on kirstenwinkler.com. As there is so much going on in our industry it is fairly hard to keep up with longer blogposts. So I decided to share some “insights” with you, small thoughts I have during the week that are interesting (I hope) but not made for a whole blog post.
A huge part of this will hopefully be your participation. Those vlogs are small questions I would not only like to share with you but I am also keen on your thoughts about them. Therefore I hope to see you commenting below.
Now, without further ado, here is the first vlog post of mine :).
A long awaited feature finally made it in the WiZiQ classroom: screen sharing. According to a survey I made amongst teachers a couple of months ago screen sharing comes directly after voice quality on the must have list for virtual classrooms.
Lancelot School is hosting the Virtual Round Table Conference on November 12th and 13th with a total of 29 events like presentations, workshops and panel discussions covering topics like blended learning, learning and teaching in online worlds, the future of teaching, teaching and business and many more. The range of topics covered is really mind blowing.
Heike Philp also invited a major lineup of online education leaders in the panels and workshops. Therefore if you are in any way part of this emerging industry I strongly recommend to take part at least in some of the events. All you have to do is to go over to the Virtual Round Table website, sign up for an account and opt in for the events you would like to attend.
Last week I had the same experience anthropologists must have when they might have found a new species that fills a gap in the family tree of humans.
The missing link in online education has been the seamless group talk right now. You can have great 1o1 teaching over Skype and decent lectures in various online classrooms. But the interaction of a smaller group with seamless talking has been missing so far. But that might have changed now. A Canadian start up might have built the holy grail of online teaching.