Many people around the world are toying with the idea of becoming online teachers, either by offering private language lessons or holding webinars and classes. It can be an interesting (and ethical) path to make a living while working from home.

But for beginners, the amount of information can be overwhelming.

What should you do if you want to teach online? What teaching tools should you use? In short: How to teach online?

Yesterday, my friends and colleagues Kirsten Winkler, Benjamin Stewart, myself, and some others got together in a Google Hangout to discuss these issues and offer a few broad pointers for people who want to teach on the Internet.

At first, Benjamin asked Kirsten and me some great questions about our own experiences and practices in online teaching. Later, George Machlan and James Ashenhurst joined the conversation and shared some points about how they teach online.

You can watch the whole conversation here (about one hour) or consume it in bite-sized bits which Benjamin kindly prepared:

1. What Platforms Do You Use To Teach online?

What’s the best way to teach online? Platforms or private?

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2. How Should Online Teachers Get Started?

If you’re just getting started, this will give you some ideas.

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3. Is Moodle A Good Platform To Teach Online?

Moodle: a 21st century teaching tool or academic mess?

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4. Do You Need Your Own Domain To Teach Online?

Find out why it can be worthwhile to stake out your own ground.

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5. How Can Online Teachers Find Potential Students?

There’s no teacher without students. Here are some ideas how to attract them.

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How To Teach Online: 5 Tips For Beginners (Video)

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