Over the course of the past month, we’ve asked a number of instructors and learning providers to test and evaluate our course proposal platform.
We are working continuously to obtain feedback in order to build a useful space for our two core user groups.
Since our launch, we’ve sought to have community college lifelong learning programs in Northern and Southern California utilize the course proposal platform. Why?
They are large, concentrated regional providers of enrichment and professional development course offerings in each of their respective communities.
All of these programs serve thousands of students in a given year and are responsible for generating revenue to sustain their business.
While you may not fully realize it, each of these learning providers are course marketplaces.
Like an online course marketplace such as Udemy, these traditional, regionally-based continuing education programs seek to maintain, grow, and promote a vibrant learning community.
Some of these shared marketplace characteristics include:
• On-going recruitment of instructors to offer their course or training program
• Hosting of classes at an on-campus or online venue
• A robust student community of thousands of students
• Marketing of courses and training through print and web-based promotion channels
• Enforcing codes of conduct to ensure the marketplace is a safe space for all users
• Brokering payment between student to school and from school to instructor
At the time of this post, the CA-based college programs who’ve agreed to test and evaluate the effectiveness of our proposal platform encompass the following schools:
College of the Canyons - Community Education
Santa Clarita, CA
Glendale Community College - Community Services Education
Irvine Valley College (IVC) - Extended Education
Mira Costa College - Community Education & Workforce Development
Las Positas College - Community Education
Shasta College - Community & Contract Education
Sierra College - Community Education
Over the coming weeks and months, we anticipate inviting more schools and learning providers to sign up and obtain feedback on this initial version of our course proposal platform.
If you're an instructor, we encourage you to propose your course or speaking idea to get connected to the schools and learning providers on our platform. Your next teaching gig may be closer than you think!