"Students who took online courses scored an average 10% higher on tests than peers who received extra instruction face-to-face, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education that analyzed more than 1,000 studies conducted from 1996 through 2008. That's good news for eduFire, a San Francisco firm that provides Internet-based tutoring for entrepreneurs as well as students." [ Read Full Article ]
"eduFire, the startup that offers online video classes for a variety of subjects, has raised $1.3 million in Series A funding from Battery Ventures, with Google AdSense godfather Gokul Rajaram and Western Technology Investment participating." [ Read Full Article ]
"Instead of hiring a force of professional teachers, eduFire lets anyone become a tutor, and relies on the community to identify the most qualified members. Each tutor creates a personal profile that lists their credentials, their hourly rate, and the languages they teach (they can also optionally leave a brief introductory video)... [ Read Full Article ]
"Jon Bischke founded this platform for live video teaching and tutoring. He started two earlier education-related companies: 2000Tutor.com Network, which he sold in 2001, and LearnOutLoud.com, billed as the Internet's largest catalog of educational audio, video, and podcasts..." [ Read Full Article ]
"In contrast to other online training programs, Edufire focuses on delivering live content where students can ask questions either through video conferences or text chats, said Jon Bischke, chief executive of Edufire, in an interview. Teachers can have as many as 100 students in a class. There is no restriction on who can teach a class, but Bischke says the highest quality teachers receive the best ratings and are easier to find on the site..." [ Read Full Article ]
"eduFire is an educational marketplace where students can take classes via live web video. The company has expanded beyond its initial focus on learning languages to offer classes in standardized test preparation and technology training. eduFire CEO Jon Bischke says that while languages are still the most popular topic on the site, classes on how to use Facebook and Twitter are catching on with audiences..." [ Read Full Article ]
"Using eduFire's service, anybody can set up a virtual classroom, where they can teach a live class. Teachers charge for their lessons, and eduFire takes a 15 percent fee in exchange for the use of its streaming video and audio tools. The company also offers a "SuperPass," which gives users access to unlimited live classes in exchange for a monthly charge..." [ Read Full Article ]
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"EduFire's chance at long-term sustainment is fairly solid. The company operates on a 15% per hour flat fee from hourly sessions paid for by users. This seems reasonable both for instructors and for users, and if the website's stated growth is a good indication of things to come, it will move forward in kind. In light of fiscal woes and increased pressures to employ test prep anyway one can, without having to consult costly private, local institutions, a place such as eduFire seems to target a need that is almost definitely going to become more evident with time..." [ Read Full Article ]
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