This topic rumored around amongst the teachers in the Myngle forum for a while.
On saturday Marina Tognetti, CEO of Myngle announced officially that there is such a waiting list for new signed in teachers.
And today Elisa Delaini, the education manager of Myngle, explained in the Myngle blog how the waiting list works and how it will affect new teachers on Myngle.
Let’s have a look at the important points and my thoughts about them.
- It is based on the demand of teachers per language.
What exactly is the demand of teachers? It’s not further explained in the blog post. So to my mind it’s the the number of teachers that are necessary to provide every interested student with an appropriate lesson whenever he likes to take one.
- Teachers who sign up on Myngle can start teaching only after they have passed their “consultation” and after they got through the waiting list.
Before only a teacher who passed the consultation lesson with one of the Myngle education assistants was visible for the students on the list when they were looking for a new teacher. Now there is a second obstacle: you have to wait until Myngle “needs” a new teacher.
- With the waiting list Myngle wants to guarantee enough students per teacher to make it worthwhile teaching on Myngle.To guarantee enough students Myngle lets the amount of teachers grow in parallel to the growth of the students registered.
Again, no numbers about how many students a teacher needs to make teaching on Myngle worthwhile. And how does Myngle know which students are interested in taking a lesson and who are not? Is there also a consultation session and a waiting list for students to verify if they are serious about taking lessons on Myngle?
If not, there are around 30.000 students registered on Myngle and around 270 active teachers. Does this mean that there are 111 students per teacher and this is not enough?
Yes, I know I don’t take the different languages and their combinations into consideration. But I think this number comes quite close to the biggest interest group of students who want to learn English.
- Students who want to learn a language from a beginner level may need a teacher who speaks (and probably teaches) their language fluently. That’s why we could have an opening for English teachers speaking Dutch, for example, but not accept any English teachers speaking French.
First point I am able to follow.
- When there is a new opening (depending on the growth of students and current teacher activity), Myngle will inform the teacher on the waiting list and give all the assistance needed to start teaching their first lesson. He/she will be required to send the Cv to our consultants and will be contacted to shedule the consultation.
No numbers about the growth and what is “teacher activity”? Why has the teacher to send a CV to Myngle? Is Myngle hiring the teachers now? I thought Myngle is a market place, not a school.
- We will list you as a new teacher in a separate space on the webiste, called “Newly consulted teachers”. This way, students won’t mistake you for an unpopular teacher who didn’t teach any classes.
Good thing with the seperate space. But what is an “unpopular” teacher? And why are unpopular teachers listed on a website that offers quality teaching?
- New students registering on Myngle will also receive a personal suggestion of two teachers, one experienced and a newly consulted one.
The blog post ends with
Hopefully this blog post answers some questions and offers more clarity to our future teachers.
Well, I am an old teacher on Myngle. Maybe that’s why I am confused now.
I really don’t see the benefit for Myngle or for new teachers on the platform. I totally agree that there have to be enough students on the platform to get the teachers into teaching though.
But shouldn’t a platform work on the issue how to get more students on the platform rather than limiting the amount of teachers if there are not enough active students?
I know that there is a big loss of teachers that start very enthusiastically but are not active anymore because they never got a student. But will setting them on a waiting list solve this problem? Won’t teachers that have to wait just go to another platform without waiting list like eduFire or WiZiQ?
Don’t get me wrong here. Basically, I think the fact that there has to be a healthy rate of teachers and students, sellers and buyers, is absolutely right and necessary BUT this changes the system of Myngle completely.
As I mentioned in my last posts here, I have the impression that Myngle wants to change the business model from a free market place to an online school. The waiting list is the next piece that matches in the puzzle.