Eliademy is a top tutoring platform. What is E-Tutoring?

Being a private tutor and teaching online is a future proof job, so let us explain why and what you can do to be one.

The word e- tutor is used “to include academics, subject experts, facilitators, corporate trainers, instructors that undertake a role to support and enable students to learn effectively by using online tools.”

digital nomad

Traditionally a tutor will limit his services to a radius of 30 kilometers around his home base so he can minimize the time and expenses required to reach his student home. Now with Eliademy, tutors can expand and reach the whole world with just a few clicks and focused actions.

The main benefits of online tutoring versus in-person coaching are:

  • Flexibility in terms of time and location
  • Accessibility of content for student
  • A global market versus a local one
  • Convenience, is easier to help with homework
  • Track and reporting in more detail
  • Affordable

What the e-tutor needs to do?

As with the home tutoring service, an e-tutor should:

  • Be responsive to learner’s queries, with Eliademy this is done by emails or posting a discussion subject
  • Initiating activities, such our Quizzes, assessments or flash cards from our Edu Apps catalog
  • Provide feedback on tasks or allow Parent to be observer
  • Having a LIVE video chat for homework help

How can you start your tutoring service?

Eliademy provides all that you need to start your Math, English online and LIVE education service. Our good and international brand will help you to stand out in the Google search results and gain new customers. What you need to do is simple:

  • Start your Eliademy Premium or FREE account
  • Create few courses overviews and add title Tutoring so you can be discovered
  • Update your Profile with details about your expertise, add contact information
  • Set up the price for your service and publish

On average, an E-tutor makes around 10.000 euros extra per year. Start building your marketing as well and if you have ANY question on how to promote online your expertise, just send an email at support@eliademy.com

In the following weeks, we will publish more case studies and ways to improve your LIVE e-tutoring school. Until then we wish you a productive week and keep planning on how you can make money from the comfort of your own home.

Advanced quizzes and assignments for your live online courses

Eliademy is a community-driven platform.  We have gotten over a thousand direct messages, votes and open suggestion on how we should improve course quizzes. Today, we are proud to announce the launch of a brand new quizzes and assignments interface. 

First, we have split all tasks on Eliademy into 2 distinct categories:

  • Assignments – a task that requires an answer from a student (an essay for example) which needs to be checked and graded by a course instructor
  • Quizzes – a task with a set of predefined questions that student need to complete on their own and get an instant rating

New quizzes highlights. For each quiz instructor can:

  • Add a welcome and closing message – text that students will see before and after taking a quiz (it can be used to specify pass rate, or give additional explanations for results)
  • Specify “start date” on which all students on the course will be able to see the quiz (by default start date is set to current date, if you would like to hide the quiz – please remember to adjust starting date)
  • Specify “due date” by which student have to complete the quiz
  • Allow or reject late answer – enabling this option, allows students completing quiz after the due date, but leaves a mark for instructor
  • Choose whether questing should be shown in sequential or random order for students
  • Specify amount of attempts a quiz can be taken

Quizzes have 3 types of questions:

  • Multiple-choice: a student needs to choose one or several correct answers for a question (please note that partially correct answers still counted as fail)
  • True/False: a student needs to choose weather statement in the question is true or false
  • Short Answer: a student needs to type a word, a number or a phrase as an answer to the question

Quiz questions types in live learning platform

For each quiz question an instructor can:

  • Add text, math formulas, media links and pictures (we have the same editing interface you use on the course)
  • Add a short explanation which student will see after answering the question
  • Change order of the questions in the list (in case you want students to complete quiz in sequential order)

When student starts the quiz and answers a question:

  • Correct answer and explanation will be shown immediately if student has only one attempt
  • For multi-try quizzes student will only see weather answer is correct or not after answering, and will see all correct answers and explanations only after sending quiz results

Student view with spoken english

We also have a new “results” interface for instructors – results of all students are shown in one dashboard along with an option to reset progress individually (to give one more extra try for a student).

LMS made in Finland

New assignments highlights.  Improvement to the assignments UX follows the same principle of a unified interface. As an instructor:

  • You have the same controls for start/due dates and late answers like on quizzes page
  • You see all results for all students on a single summary block right under the assignment

There is a noticeable change when it comes to task submission and grading. As of now, students can modify draft answer unlimited amount of times (upload documents, change text, etc). Once an answer is submitted, no further changes are allowed. However, course instructor can choose to give feedback and ask for corrections, instead of grading the answer right away. This will give an option to a student to improve answer and resubmit.

Tasks in Live learning platform

Linking tasks and topics

Last but not least, we have added an option to link tasks and topics. If you would like students to complete a certain assignment or quiz right after reading course chapter, you can admit by clicking “link task” from the footer. A panel with selected task will be displayed right under the content block.

advance learning quizzes

Give a try to new quizzes and tasks and let us know what we can do even better.

15.000 Audio books that you can use with Eliademy

Welcome to your Live Learning Platform.

Last week we silently added one small icon to our super friendly course editor. The new icon (A sound/speaker icon) enables you to add and stream Audio directly from your course.

Why is such small addition significant?

Most of the 36.000 courses hosted on Eliademy contain Videos, text, and images. We looked into the data and we decided that Audio, as an educational object,  is missing from the majority of the courses.

So today we are enthusiastically proud to announce that you can add Streaming audio to your online course and not only in a single way. In order to educate our user base of 25.000 teachers, we decided as well to create a course to inform you on how to properly use this new small addition of our editor.

You can enrol to this course in order to learn how to add audio to your course. 

To make the news even more exciting, we are happy to announce that now you can use over 15.000 Free audio books (Librivox.org) as learning objects into your courses.

All those books are classic masterpieces of human literature that have been liberated from commercial license because they are old (prior of 1921) . In the above-mentioned course, we provide information on how to use and stream those books directly to your students by using Eliademy.

Now, you have the opportunity to teach spoken English, check comprehension or simply place a seed of a good habit to your students. We hope you use it to the maximum.

Feature Friday: Do more with webinars on Eliademy

We are thrilled to announce and to bring to your service an update on Eliademy webinars. The update includes performance improvements but also the following additional functionalities:

Polling. Now you can do live polls with all your students that are participating in your Live courses. You can ask questions and your students can vote instantly. You can preconfigure the polls and see the results in real time. We recommend this functionality in order to get instant feedback about the quality of the session or for validating comprehension by the students.

Improved video streaming. The quality of streaming videos have improved but also the graphical interface now is also improved, giving you space to include more students to your online teaching class.

Emoticons. Yes, you are reading right, we have added Emoticons so everybody now can share their feelings , if they choose to do so, with the rest of the class. Who said that you cannot have fun when you are teaching live online?

Performance and security. Low on internet bandwidth and losing connection? No problem, now the client will automatically reconnect to the session so you won’t loose a minute trying to do it manually. Plus a dozen of minor fixes that will improve stability and the overall performance of your experience. Geeks out there: your webinars run over HTTPS, so come over and make a pass through the wormhole by making your session a Live Learning experience.

Why pay for expensive Adobe Connect, WebEx and multiple tools to deliver your courses? With Eliademy Premium you can do all that and much more.

Learn more about Eliademy Premium and start your trial today!

How to promote your online course?

What are the best practices to promote your online course and gain fame, spread knowledge or make some money?

Here is a list of our most favorite methods:

  1. Create a super good story

We are all story tellers, people read books, take online courses because the “story” or subject is good. Think like a story teller, the person around the camp fire that shares his knowledge to a group eager to hear and learn. So think! What is the story of your course?

Don’t just make up a story, make your course also valuable, if its not then it will come back and hunt you.

camp fire

  1. Create a video

Create a short video introduction of your course, what are the benefits for taking this course, how much time one should invest and why they should choose you? Tell the story and upload your video to youtube.com and vimeo.com

Add in the description keywords that will help people to discover your promotional video, add a catchy title, and don’t forget to place your link to your Eliademy.com course

  1. Use social media

Use your Linkedin profile to spread the course (allways have the link that points on your Eliademy course page) . Write a story don’t just place a link! Do the same in Facebook and visit relevant groups in Google+ . Remember people don’t want to see just a link, they want to read a short story. Our favourite is twitter but this will require that you find the right hashtags to capture attention. Copy with pride what others are using and doing and as you do you will get inspired on what to do better, but of course eventually you will get copied as well.

PS: Try Hootsuite to schedule the delivery of your stories. Repetition creates a good habit!

  1. Don’t forget the fundamentals

Offer something for free, a small version of your paid course can attract 100s of new customers and then you can upgrade them.

People do follow trends, so invite all your friends and family members to enroll to your paid course and give you feedback. Is easier to buy when people have reviewed your course and 50 others are enrolled already

  1. Make an audacious request

Don’t be afraid to ask an audacious request, learn to ask for support and help. Ask a famous blogger or expert in the field to review your course and write something about it to his blog. Follow forums and ask people to come and see what you have done. Do one think that scares you everyday and with solid commitment and focus your online course will be a success.

I hope you found this article helpful and you will start prompting your online course. Given the opportunity we would like to thank the good work and promotion that Sarah Haws did on her Behaviour Technician online course at Eliademy. Thank you Sarah, keep promoting actively your course and happiness and achievement will follow!

 

Wine Campus welcome to Eliademy!

Wine Campus is a tiny wine academy with a big heart for its students, delivering several online wine courses tutored by its founder Georges Meekers, a professional wine centipede who just loves to share his wine expertise. He has been lecturing Internet wine classes long before the invention of all the new distance learning platforms that have since sprouted.

Moodle simply used to be the one go-to solution back in the day. However, as Georges confides: “the combination of its security issues, the hassle of repeatedly having to install updates and the lack of a IT savvy service support team to help out when things go wrong”, made him try and test other ways to deliver his most popular Georges’ University Wine Course.

wine campus

The course is for enthusiasts as well as people already working in the wine industry which have been beachcombing the web for wine information but on whom it has dawned that, although Googling the Web can be fun, it is not the same as being guided by an authority providing correct, unbiased and up-to-date material in real time.

After a long search for an easy to use and effortless to maintain Moodle replacement, Georges’ University Wine Course has recently rooted at Eliademy. “It’s safely cloud-based and maintained for me by a most helpful bunch of techies so that I can devote all my time to interacting with course participants and, well, exploring wine myself.”

This is important because Wine Campus in unique in that it delivers ‘apprenticeship courses’. Coming from old French ‘aprentis’ (from ‘apprendre’ or to learn), the focus is on the fact that students will apprentice directly with a wine professional.

This is achieved by limiting the wine course’s intake to less than a dozen participants at any given time. But it also requires a directness in the relationship between student and tutor. Flawless interface and compactness of Eliademy is hugely instrumental. “It’s intuitive to handle yet the platform comes complete with a webinar room, discussion forums, messaging and task feedback facilities, discussion boards – just a corkscrew is missing!”

According to Georges Meekers: “Eliademy is an ideal place for teaching online because it is so straightforward to use and it suits text-based and video-centred content as well as a combination of both. “You can almost instinctively build Eliademy around your tutoring style so that each student can join in a dynamic, participatory and enjoyable learning experience – and wine is all about sharing after all.”