Wakoba, S. (2014) Tutor.ng, an online tutoring platform with a marketplace for teachers launches to disrupt online learning in Africa, TechMoran, January 27
I have said several times that I think some of the most interesting innovation in online learning will come out of Africa. This one is an interesting departure: instead of selling online courses to students, Tutor.ng is selling a suite of online services to individual tutors or institutions. Services include:
- an online learning classroom environment (whiteboard, video and audio facilities, document loading)
- content: courses such as ‘Architectural Visualizations’, ‘Financial Management for Small Businesses’, ‘The Smart Looking Dude’ and ‘Personal Make-up Training’. To date, 22 courses are listed
- ability for the instructor to create quizzes and tests
- live chat with students
- mobile support
- and (most importantly) payment collection.
The business model is based not on selling directly to students but to instructors or institutions. Some of the courses are offered free (probably as loss leaders by Tutor.ng) but the integrated payment system presumably allows instructors to charge students for their courses. No credits are offered, but presumably if an institution used the service, they would accredit students.
It will be interesting to see how well this does.