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Teaching teleclasses


#1

Does anyone know anything about teaching teleclasses or online
classes on their own? I’m interested in doing that potentially but
haven’t a clue where to start. I suppose one could do it on Skype?
But if these were say, 1/2 hour or one hour classes seems like you’d
need a third party involved, no? Like a third party to register and
take funds, etc.

Lisa Van Herik
www.wovenwirestudio.com


#2

You’re going to need a camera and the camera should be placed over
your bench.

You can try Go To Meeting for the software

Free 30 day trial.

I have used a few times
join me

To go to it, there is NO “www”, just erase everything on the url bar
and type join.me

Its free and works well for small and starting out. It’s a division
of www.logmein.com, which I use and love.

Don’t forget to RECORD these, you’ll wish you had.

Good Luck

David Geller
JewelerProfit.com


#3
Does anyone know anything about teaching teleclasses or online
classes on their own?  

Lisa, we use gotomeeting.com for our on-line support and some CNC
classes that we teach. We use it for machine setup support and
teaching many advanced CNC jewelry making techniques. The system is
straight forward for the most part and really functional. You can
invite attendees, have a little chat session while everyone is
gathering then have your class. We find it beneficial to our
customers and as well to ourselves as we gain a lot of good
feedback. That will work perfectly for what you are wanting to do I
think. It isn’t really expensive. Give it a look. Being one that
detests Skype… as I have never seen it clear enough to look
anywhere near professional, I think anything would beat that!! In my
opinion, they should either fix Skype or trash the mess!

Hope this helps. Dan.
Dearmond Tool
http://www.dearmondtool.com


#4

Lisa,

Forget Skype. The last hing you want is a buggy customer experience.
We have tried to use it in our business for doing demonstrations
with customers. It is too buggy and the share screen feature is
really awful. Naturally, this is the very feature you need most.
There is a reason why it is free. We use GoToMeeting for our 1 hour
demos. There is a price associated with it but the customer
experience is great. There are, of course, other meeting services but
none that will collect money for you. You will need to set up a
website with an ecommerce service for both advertising/explaining
your courses, signing people up and collecting the money. There are
countless “fire and forget” template driven web hosting companies
that can do all that. Basically they give you web page templates and
you plug in the content. Not terribly elegant but gets you running
fast w/o having to be a web programmer.

My presentation advise…

Practice your presentation until you start dreaming about it. Do it
several times for a friendly audience online to be sure you can
totally control the experience. Try to work it out where students
ask their questions at the end. This helps to keep your focus.

Bob Claborne
3DESIGN CAD


#5
Forget Skype. The last hing you want is a buggy customer
experience. We have tried to use it in our business for doing
demonstrations with customers. It is too buggy and the share screen
feature is really awful. 

I wonder if it is on Windows or Apple hardware? I use Skype with
Apple hardware and it works excellent. Just get a decent camera.

Leonid Surpin
www.studioarete.com


#6

Bob, thank you so much for this great advice. My webmaster used
GoToMeeting to teach me how to use Drupal on my site but I had no
idea that you could charge for it. We did a workshop on a hybrid
technique and I kept getting emails from East Coast folks wanting to
access the technique. So a reasonably priced one hour session would
work well for everyone. This is great news as I am reluctant to use
services that I don’t have a reference for.

I also appreciate the presentation advice and the Q/A timing, big
help, really appreciate your taking the time on this.

Lisa Van Herik
www.wovenwirestudio.com


#7
we use gotomeeting.com for our on-line support and some CNC classes
that we teach. We use it for machine setup support and teaching
many advanced CNC jewelry making techniques. 

It does indeed help, Dan, as everyone is pointing me to gotomeeting
and since I’ve not used Skype, the negatives are great to know. I
really hadn’t thought about doing one hour net based classes until
very recently when we really needed to get to folks all
over the States. The other services made me wary as they were pricey
and confusing. I’m a metalsmith, not a techy so clean and simple
works well. Great to know of your good experience and thanks so much
for sharing it with me, very much appreciate it.

Lisa Van Herik
www.wovenwirestudio.com


#8
You can try Go To Meeting for the software
http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/1kr 

A web cam setup, right? I’ve got one although I haven’t a clue how
to implement it although I do have needed access to technical help. I
hadn’t thought about recording these sessions so thank you for that,
this is extremely helpful and I much appreciate your advice…

Lisa Van Herik
www.wovenwirestudio.com