eTutoringOpportunity Execution Project – Venture-labs.org Interim Report Report prepared by eTutoring team (July 2012)
eTutoring - Venture-labs.org The idea was to develop an “eBay of eLearning” – an online portal where both academic and non-academic subjects could be taught. The system would provide: • a virtual classroom environment where learners could take any and as many lessons from a variety of topics, both live (collaborative) and on-demand, • a gallery where trainers could showcase their profiles, their offerings and their availability, and• a portal that would manage Demand and Supply matching; and let learners rate their learning experience for the benefit of others.
eTutoring - Venture-labs.orgA prototype of the proposed project has been developed thatreflects some basic features and highlights the value propositionthe solution aims to project.
eTutoring - Venture-labs.orgIn the prototype, the students are able to browse through adirectory of courses (initially only academic courses, but wouldsoon be populated with non-academic areas of interest, e.g.Cooking). The list further populates over the period as more andmore trainers (subject matter experts) get themselves registeredto the website and list their skills and areas of talent.
eTutoring - Venture-labs.orgOnce a student gets himself / herself registered for a training,they can make payments through variety of options (using pre-paid balance, from escrow account or directly through creditcard). The actual amount to be paid may range from absolutelyfree to whatever amount has been set by the prospective trainer,however, the demand and supply rules may determine theappropriate market price for the said training. Once a ‘fair price’has been negotiated between the trainer and learner, they canmeet each other in the ‘virtual classroom’ environment on thegiven date / time – all managed through the system.
eTutoring - Venture-labs.orgThe lessons are finally delivered through live collaborativeenvironments (currently being offered through integration withthird party proprietary) which would be developed using open-source software, while making all content available on availableLearning Management System (LMS) software.
eTutoring - Venture-labs.orgA working prototype of the eTutoring project with limitedfunctionality can be accessed fromhttp://showcase.ensigncom.com:8082
eTutoring - Venture-labs.orgThe project has the potential to bring about a positive changeand render great service to humanity. It is a profitable venturewith global reach and addresses large high growth marketsegments. Although the current development work is beingcarried out with limited available resources, the team behind it isvery excited to take the project to the next levels.