I plan to launch this in November, but want to start a signup area for people who might be interested in having more information and updates as I get this started. If you are interested, sign up on my ning site, and then join this group.
I will teach a “how to teach an online class” class there on the site. The class will cost $75 and will show teachers how to use inexpensive video cameras to create content, how to create PDFs that go along with the videos, how to generally use the online classroom software.
I will provide ning-specific training that I’ve learned teaching in this format. [ I have DEFINITELY found that video is an incredibly important part off the class. I've even had students say, "Your videos have meant SO much to me!"]
Then, the potential teachers have the option to submit class proposals to me, and if selected, can teach a class on this site. Selection will depend on the topic, on the need for the class, on the professionalism of the content in the submission, etc. (more details as this progresses)Of course, the teacher may decide to teach a class on his or her own site, and that is fine too! If they teach on my site, I’ll refund part of the initial “how to teach a class” fee.
The advantages of teaching on my site will be that I have already got a pretty large following (over 300 members and about 5K hits / day to the site) and any advertising I do for my OWN classes will also be advertising for them.
I will charge a % of the class fees that they collect. 40 % for the first class offering, and less thereafter, when my support will be less necessary.
The first time they teach the class, they’ll be under my supervision, I’ll be a ‘student’ in the class and make sure that everything is running smoothly. I’ll also be available for technical support, proofing content, etc.
Once teachers get their first class up and running, they can leave it on the site and just repeat it over and over…so the first time they teach it, it’s a TON of work…but the next time is smoother because they”ve got all of the content, they’ve heard the questions, they know the trouble-spots that people have.
The students say that they feel like they are on the cutting edge, or feel like they’re already in the future! It’s wonderful.