The language learning platform Myngle recently partnered with online language teacher training organization Lancelot School. Besides the regular Lancelot training and certification the school will offer a special Myngle certificate for teachers of the platform.
I interviewed Heike Philp, Managing Director of Lancelot School on this partnership.
Below you will find an overview about the different certifications and trainings Lancelot School is offering with a detailed description of the content.
Teachers on Myngle are asking for quite a while to receive some training on the virtual classroom and the other tools of the platform. Myngle have now decided to give this training to an outside teacher training organization whereas platforms like eduFire, WiZiQ or TeachStreet offer free training to their members by the staff of the platforms.
It is also interesting to see that two of the trainers who will be training the Myngle teachers are actually Myngle staff members who received their own training during the test run with the joint scholarship last year. So it wouldn’t be any problem for Myngle to offer the same training for free to its teachers if they wanted to.
Hence to me this is all about building a staff of officially certified and trained teachers to show potential customers that Myngle teachers were better than those of its competitors. In Europe where certifications are still seen as a sign of quality this actually might have an effect on potential customers.
On the other hand it will put pressure on the teachers to get at least the Myngle certification for 60 Euro as this certificate is for
Newly signed-up and inactive Mynglers […]
But if you did not teach yet and don’t know if you will get a student on Myngle you will think twice to invest this money, especially when you come from a country outside Europe or North America. Of course this could also be a way for Myngle to select only teachers who are really interested in teaching on their platform. And Myngle is even paying 80 Euro to Lancelot School for this certification process and the teacher only 60 Euro. One could say this is a shared effort of the platform and the teacher, somekind of a contract maybe. It would for sure establish a more professional relationship as it is based on a mutual deal.
So many open questions that only time will be able to answer. I think we will see a new group of Lancelot trained and certified teachers signing up to Myngle as this is now the first platform that will promote them with their badge. This is of course a huge benefit for those teachers, or Lancelotters as they call themselves. It will probably force some of the active Myngle teachers to get at least Myngle certified to protect their good standing on the platform and not to lose students to those “better qualified” teachers. In the end the less active teachers will fall through the net leaving a pool of only Myngle certified or Lancelot trained / certified teachers on the platform.
This is a good deal for Heike Philp who wants to establish the Lancelot certification as the “CELTA of online language teachers”. It is also a good deal for Myngle as it will help the platform to underline their statement of delivering quality courses and being the world leader in online language training.
For the teachers it means that they either have to invest in their career on Myngle or hope to find ways to convince potential students that they are equally good teachers without a certification. But it could of course result in more bookings of students who trust a platform with certified teachers more than one with a hierarchy based on ratings only.