Jiva Technology

Beanbag Learning and the Creative Commons

We’ve been engaged in a lively debate this morning about our site Beanbag Learning. As the site has grown rapidly over the last year or so to become one of the biggest online tutor directories in the UK, it has attracted its fair share of competitors looking to lure away tutors or use Beanbag Learning as a recruiting tool for their own sites. The natural reaction is to consider such free riding as negative behaviour and warn them away, but is there another viewpoint? Within reason, don’t tutors want their skills to be as widely advertised as possible and don’t potential customers want it to be as easy to find them as possible? In other words, would sharing make us good citizens? Should we take a creative commons approach and promote sharing of information with other sites? For sure, if we take that approach it needs to be done in a controlled way, so that tutors can ultimately decide if their information is shared, but there’s clearly a DEMAND for the information, so why should we stand in its way if we can do it so that tutors benefit, users benefit and we benefit.

where are all the fingernails?

Its a nervous time for the folks at Jiva. Our desire to transform the world of education is coming up against the brutal reality of delivering the alpha release of our flagship product Tutorhub. We’re busy recruiting parents and offspring in school years 7-12 to help us pilot the alpha version of the site. Whilst this has the ring of a sci-fi fantasy, its actually slightly more mundane; we need to make sure it does what it says on the tin. So there’ll be some free maths tutoring for the lucky participants and we’re fingers crossed that our plan is spot on: to bring change to an industry that hasn’t altered much since the time of Plato. By the way, anyone wanting to join in the pilot, feel free to email us on enquiries@jivatechnology.com

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