A New Learning Experience – Edufire

I often comment that I’m amazed how little teaching has changed over the last 100 years. The main difference in my eyes is only the number of students. The methods are very much the same. Why this bothers me so much is that kids don’t learn the same way they used to. Their environments are very different than a decade ago, let alone 30 or even 80 years ago.

I have a friend who teaches at the local universities. His classes are the intro to computer variety – occasionally getting into python computer programming. He does it for a few extra bucks and he likes the people part of it. He learns from the experience too. Which brings me to a new model of teaching that is pretty obvious after you read about it. It’s called Edufire.

Edufire is an online educational website. It isn’t like the University of Phoenix, but rather a tutoring or simple knowledge expanding teaching service. Basically if you like to teach a certain subject you can sign up, create a profile by describing yourself, and if people are interested in it you begin to offer the class. Having a diverse list of class options only reinforces the value of the site.

But the ingenious part, at least in my mind, is the pay model. It’s subscription based. For $29 a month you can take as many classes as you wish. This payment method taps into the best intentions revenue stream. Many fitness centers stay afloat off of people who hope they will get to the gym. But the payment model works the other way too. If a teacher is offering something the market is looking for, that teacher will be rewarded for supplying that market need. The site acts more like a broker in this case.

Here is some verbiage from their site (I’m not paid anything for this submission. I just like ideas for teaching and business like this).

What is eduFire?
eduFire is a community of people passionate about teaching and learning online. As a student you’ll find outstanding tutors from all around the world, all available at the click of a button. As a teacher you’ll be able to reach new students and teach from anywhere.

How do I get started teaching on eduFire?
Getting started teaching on eduFire is easy. Sign up and create your profile (the better and more complete your profile the more likely you’ll be to get new students). You’ll soon receive messages from students interested in learning from you. Pretty simple huh?

How do I know if a tutor is any good?
At eduFire it’s our goal to make it easy for you to determine whether a tutor is good or not. You can view the tutor’s credentials and background, watch a sample lesson, read testimonials from other students, and read feedback from other sessions. In addition, each tutor has a score on the site that allows you to tell at a glance whether the tutor is right for you.

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