- Connecting with millions of students
- Being in business in less than 4 minutes
- Free setup with a chance to charge your own rates
- Pay only a minimal transaction fee
- Use video, voice, whiteboard, chat ect
- Collaborate in realtime on any document
- A complete 'busines in a box'
"Our aim is to create a world which is not only elegantly simple to use but where the best of best teaching flourishes and is available to all. We are harnessing the passion of teachers, educators, parents, and students from around the globe to unleash innovation and imagination and to provide all children, in all countries, the best education the world can offer."
OK, this sounds good....let's experiment.
Out of curiosity I created an account I registered and created a company name 'Lindsay Online'. I thought it better to put my country as Australia, thinking that Bangladesh may have certain connotations. The interface allows you to create a profile, set your local time, availability and schedule and also view requests from potential students who want tutoring from you.
First question: what are the checks and balances with this? Who is checking your qulaifications to be a tutor? Where is the section asking for referees and people who can vouch that you are who you say and that you can do what you claim?
I then investigated money and payment methods. First you have to select the subjects you are able to teach. I chose Computers and then from a long list of possibilities including Java, website authoring, C++ etc I chose HTML. It seems you can charge what you want for each session but you have to put the cost in in US$ as well as 'local' currency. When checking the 'banking' area the 'flat world' scenario according to Friedman became obvious. So far payments can only be made to the US, Pakistan and India! Maybe I should have declared I was in Bangladesh (however we are an independent country, once called East Pakistan and once under Indian control).
So, tutors without limits......c/o worlds without limits....soon to expand into many other countries but based in US, India and Pakistan. An interesting exercise in online delivery of services. I question the ethics and social implications of this service but at the same time fully support the initiative. As an educator I can see many benefits to both teachers and students but feel uncomfortable with the possible lack of integrity. The simple online interface seems too easy and there is no one person to contact for more information.
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