June 9, 2015
There’s a unique addition to the elearning space. Learnquiq is a learning community that is inspired by social media. They’ve created a platform that benefits both students an instructors in a community-like environment.
Vancouver-based Learnquiq sets themselves apart from other elearning platforms such as Skillshare and Coursera by ranking and rewarding their instructors based on their proprietary Education Quotient (EQ) ranking system. It is a measure of the quality of the instructor’s courses and their contribution to the Learnquiq community. Multiple factors are taken into account when calculating an instructor’s EQ including, number of courses published, number of students enrolled, and how your courses are rated overall. This rating number does not have an upper limit, so the more a teacher contributes, the higher the rating gets.
Learnquiq is basically gamifying MOOCs for instructors. Those with the highest rankings earn a higher payout. Here’s a breakdown of the ranking levels and payout structure:
- Scholar – 0-1999 EQ – 55% Payout (or 57.5% if registered before Jan 1, 2015)
- Tutor – 2000-2999 EQ – 58% Payout
- Mentor – 3000-3999 EQ – 60% Payout
- Teacher – 4000-4999 EQ – 62% Payout
- Instructor – 5000-5999 EQ – 65% Payout
- ???? – 6000+ EQ – 65%+ Payout
For learners, currently there are courses available in the following categories: Art & Design, Business & Finance, Humanities & Social Science, Lifestyle & Personal Development, and Science. Course prices range from free upwards to $200, with most in the $15-25 range.
Learnquiq launched in late 2014, and while they could eventually be a major competitor in the elearning arena, it appears that they’re still working out some of the kinks. This isn’t necessarily meant to be a review, but I did notice some things lacking on their site. There isn’t much guidance for instructors on how to publish courses, nor any in depth explanation of how they calculate rankings (aside from what I mentioned above). I also noticed a couple typos on the site. I know that sounds super nitpicky, but their focus is on education. On the plus side, it’s very easy to search for and sort courses, sign up for courses, and leave feedback. It looks like they’re working to be as transparent as possible in their processes, especially with their payout system, but I think they could benefit from a more robust explanation for would-be instructors.
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