Imagine learning a new language or about another culture – and get the full attention of a great teacher you chose? You could take or teach the one-to-one class online from your home. For the first time would-be students and teachers can find each other for free through Myngle. The online community and support tools to teach or take a class online are free. Classes
are conducted via Skype (audio or webcam) and a digital blackboard.
As a teacher, you set your price, organize the class and create support materials. In this free global marketplace students and teachers can find each other based on teacher topic, skill level, fees and rating by previous students. As a student, see whether a teacher is right for you by taking a free demo lesson. Teaching takes place via skype and a digital blackboard. And if users have a webcam, they can also interact face to face.
Here’s two what-if scenarios.
1. What if experts on a locale teamed up to provide an immersive experience for cultural tourists? For example, a Chinese visitor to San Francisco might want to hone her English skills in advance – and, from other teachers in the one-on-one online environment, also learn about the food, architecture, history and the Chinese American community in S.F. Myngle might branch out and attract “amateur” and professional experts on those topics. Those who are highly-rated by students may want to band together to co-offer their courses for a fuller understanding of the culture.
2. What if you bought the Myngle template or created a version of it to offer a place for would-be teachers and students for ANY topic to find each other? Topics and Teachers and students could self-tag their interests and teachers could tag their classes to make it easier for people to match-up. Tag clouds of all classes, all students and all teachers could provide real-time snapshots of what’s hottest in the community right now. That helps teachers hone their class descriptions, students find popular classes they may not have initially considered taking and attract experts to teach classes that are sought by would-be students who are members of the community.
Other online communities such as TeachStreet provide a place to propose a class to teach a group at a place you provide. And at Voxswap you can find people who are also learning a foreign language. Then pair up to practice speaking each other’s language. How cool.