When we started building this site two years ago we didn’t want just another ‘platform’ containing thousands of teacher and student profiles. The Internet already feels impersonal enough sometimes, doesn’t it? So we limited the number of teachers on our site to only one per subject, i.e. language.
This allowed us to keep in touch with each other, exchange information and support one another throughout the online teaching process without drowning in a sea of contacts and mailing lists.
But it was only the first step, because as teaching slowly morphed into publishing, we continued to make friends and connections in the online education space and learned a lot more about the challenges and daily struggles of online teachers today.
The Way Of The Independent Teacher
Some call themselves freelancers, but I think speaking of independent teachers is even more apt. What defines the independent teacher?
He/she doesn’t work for one school or institution (exclusively), instead he only answers to his student’s needs and her own passion for teaching.
Being an independent teacher is challenging (and rewarding) in many ways, because you don’t just do the teaching and the odd teacher’s meeting once in a while, but you do everything from marketing your service to customer support. In other words, you get to do things your way, but you also have to buckle down and make sure enough students find their way into your classes or sessions so you can pay the rent.
A Free Directory For Free Spirits
This is why I’m very happy to report that we’ve opened learnoutlive to teachers all over the planet. Yes, we’ve created an open directory where teachers can submit their websites.
“Okay, but what do I get for submitting my site?”
You get listed with your name, the subject you teach, a short description and a link to your site of course. By browsing our directory students can find your site and get in touch with you directly. But not just that, these links are valuable “dofollow” links which means that they raise the importance of your own site in the eyes of search engines and help to increase your search ranking.
“I don’t have a website, can I still participate?”
Nope, sorry. You’ll need your own site. Please note that we don’t accept links to profiles on corporate teaching platforms. You’ll have to sign up with your own site, preferably on your own domain. Why this restriction? When a student googles “learn English online” for example, the top search results are occupied by companies that spend thousands of dollars on advertising and search engine optimization. In other words, we don’t want them to get even more popular, they already get enough attention. Instead, we want to help independent teachers with limited resources to get their sites noticed!
And who knows, maybe it will inspire teachers who don’t yet have their own site to create one. Facebook and tumblr are all great but they don’t replace owning and building on your own turf online.
“What Does It Cost?”
Nothing. Nada. This project is both free as in “freedom” and free as in “free beer”. Anyone can sign up, just like that.
Once you’re done submitting you’re site, you’ll be asked to tell your friends or link back to our site (this raises your ranking on our page). While we of course get super excited if you share the love, it’s not obligatory.
If you have any questions, please use the comment form below.
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