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How to setup a proper online training college?

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by level200, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. level200

    level200 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi All

    I am really interested in setting up an online learning college where the students can do a certain course ( via distance learning) i.e. webdesign/ dreamweaver etc.. and be awarded a proper Industry recognized certificate upon completion.

    I have been teaching full time for the last 5 years and would also like to do this too.

    Any ideas?
  2. Cornish Steve

    Cornish Steve UKBF Regular Full Member

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    I've sent you a PM about our online learning environment. You could have your courses up and running in no time. I can't help with certification, though; maybe others know how to go about this.
  3. Chris Kaday

    Chris Kaday UKBF Regular Free Member

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    If you are going to continue working I wonder if you have thought through how much time and effort you are going to dedicate to this and what you want to earn from it. Very important to ‘size’ your business, especially if it is not going to be full time

    Chris Kaday
  4. RedEvo

    RedEvo UKBF Regular Free Member

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    There are many 'M Mouse' qualifications around today. I'd suggest for your IT related courses you speak to the BCS. They will advise of any credible schemes.

  5. ellisn

    ellisn UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi John

    Up until recently I was working on e-learning for the military, can't say anymore else I would have to shoot myself. The biggest headache is getting SCORM compliance, Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), this is what allows the user side to talk to the server side. Worth doing some research on that. Also keep in mind accessibility for people with disabilities. I know this is probably a bit of topic but both are worth looking into as it is a lot easier to ensure these things at the beginning rather than having to add them later.

    A useful place is the elearning guild. Would post the link but haven't placed enough posts to be allowed yet. Just remove the space and add a com.

    Good Luck

  6. Carl-CSNM

    Carl-CSNM UKBF Regular Free Member

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    You may want to look into a VLE such as Moodle, we host many schools and colleges who host Moodle with us.
  7. ellisn

    ellisn UKBF Regular Free Member

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    We were tied into Blackboard, hated it. :(
  8. Cornish Steve

    Cornish Steve UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Moodle is an excellent choice, and the founder (Martin - an Australian) is a most unassuming guy (I spoke last year at one of their conferences and had the pleasure of joining him for dinner). It's open source (and therefore free), but you'll need a lot of technical expertise to install and run it - or pay a Moodle hosting company to do it for you.

    Also, it's very fiddly to create courses, populate the class with students, set start and end dates, manage the grades, and clean everything up after each class. In other words, while it's quite solid for the main functions, it's a little lacking on the administrative side (and hence the administrative costs are high in terms of time).

    On the other hand :), we developed our product to address just these concerns. Whereas it used to take me several days to create a course using Moodle, I can create the same course in our environment in about an hour. Plus, 95% of the manual administrative work needed for Moodle is automated in our environment. You can schedule a class at our environment and have it ready to use (with dates, grades, and everything set) literally in two minutes. So, we're easy to use and very very inexpensive. On top of that, we've added a bunch of features to make life much easier and more consistent for students - again, based on our experience of using Moodle and other products in this space.

    If you're interested, do let me know. We're running a 4-week course in late September (and again in mid October) that explains how to use all aspects of our system. It would cost you nothing except your time. You're quite welcome to join that.

    (Sorry for the blatant plug.)
  9. Steve Cool

    Steve Cool UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Steve tell me more. Please..... This could be the thing my Dad is looking for.


  10. Cornish Steve

    Cornish Steve UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Sure. Let me send you a PM.
  11. Carl-CSNM

    Carl-CSNM UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Moodle can be up and running in 5 minutes, no specialist Moodle host is required to run Moodle. It's just a PHP/MySQL application similar to a forum.

    Upload the files, run the installer, provide the database details, keep clicking next and your done. Although a non-technical user may need assistance installing if not familiar with hosting/installing scripts.

    Moodle is one of the most popular learning environments around, I also disagree with your other comments but I won't go on. :)
  12. Cornish Steve

    Cornish Steve UKBF Regular Full Member

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    My comments are based on being a non-technical user of the system for some time. Everyone I know who uses Moodle has a system administrator of some sort (or pays a company to host it for them), and all that stuff is beyond me.

    As I said, I have nothing but praise for the program and its supporters. The Moodle community is great, and its people are selfless and enthusiastic. For schools and colleges, in particular, it's a wonderful option.

    We're after a different market: Smaller groups and individuals who want to create courses very quickly and easily and don't want the hassle of learning the intricacies of existing systems or spending a lot of time and/or money getting there.
  13. rana@n-visage media

    rana@n-visage media UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I dont know if this will help, but one of my developers is a seller of online/CDrom trainning courses ranging from dreamwearver to MSCE cert - however to get certifications you have to apply to your local test centre.

    If these may help leave me an email message and I can try and get you discounted trade rates that you could resell.... could possibly fit into your idea and make you more money.

    Kind regards

  14. SarahR

    SarahR UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I would reccomend partnring with a training compay who produce "accredited" or "certified" online learning generic content for IT certification this may the materials your students wi be using will be directly linked to the qualification/certification. Then desig/develop (As per above) your LMS/CMS in assosiate with with your company logo and so on and so fort.

    You will also need to partner up with a training company r organisation that is an accreditd test center for the qualificatons/certification you are offering - for example a microsodt text center.

    Just to add I ealy would stress that you need o do your marke reasearch and make sure you can find a market - the competition is really stiff and a lot of the "big boys" adverise on TV and so on and get A MASSIVE SHARE IN THE MARKET.

    I worked in elearning for 11 years until setting up my venure (not elearning related" in March so if you need any pointers in the right direction drop me a PM :)

    God Luck :D
  15. sikander

    sikander UKBF Regular Free Member

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  16. Cornish Steve

    Cornish Steve UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Did you spell it correctly? No site comes up.
  17. sikander

    sikander UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I've just accessed the site and its working. The address is correct: www.atutor.ca. Give it another shot.

    W: www.xlool.com - Web presence made simpler...
  18. trix

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    I am enquiring about setting up an online college in education as teaching is my background.I have a few courses in mind that I could do myself but would like to add a few more.
    I have no idea how to start this. I have enquired with a website designet and got a quote etc but I am interested in actually getting new courses up and running with it also.
    How do people put up all these courses? Who writes the course materials?
    I have tried to do my own research but I am not getting a reply from anyone. Is there a research company that could do that for me?