United Kingdom, Harrogate, 20th April 2020 – Harrogate Learning Online is the brainchild of Harrogate based Management Consultant, Mark Garrett, designed to provide a platform where Teachers can list online courses for Students, of all ages, to join and complete over the internet. Following the closure of local schools in the middle of March, Mark recognised that not only did Parents need help supporting the home schooling of their children but schools had a number of different ways of delivering lessons which ranged from face to face video calls to emails and group homework setting. By researching the tools available it became apparent that Parents, Teachers and Students needed a central platform where courses and classes could not only be advertised but delivered using the best technology available. With his background in Digital Transformation and Marketing, Mark was able to build a working platform within days and launch the site to the public by the end of March.
The concept is simple; potential Teachers, following registration, can submit their course content online. This is then listed on a dedicated course web page and a Teacher profile created detailing their skills, qualifications and background. Teachers check their course is listed correctly before it is advertised to potential Students. Teachers have the option of how much they want to charge for the course, if at all, how long each session lasts for and how many classes will be taught.
Once courses have sufficient Students registered to take part (minimum and maximum Student numbers are set by Teachers), Harrogate Learning Online provides access to a range of online tools, developed by Google, to enable Students and Teachers to interact. Central to this are the Google Classroom and Google Hangout Apps. This cutting edge technology from Google makes it possible for Teachers to deliver classes of up to 150 Students at once.
“The response from Teachers has been fantastic” said Founder, Mark Garrett, “I expected it to take a while for people to catch on but to have registered over 35 qualified Teachers ready to deliver online courses in just over 2 weeks has exceeded my expectations.”
At the time of writing, Harrogate Learning Online had 37 Teachers registered with the site. These Teachers are able to offer a wide range of subjects including Maths, Science, Modern Languages, Psychology and Art.
Harrogate Learning Online plans to release its first schedule of courses week commencing 20th April 2020. The cost of classes varies and will include a number of free courses. In addition to this, some Teachers are offering discounts of up to 100% to children of Key Workers such as NHS staff. Harrogate Learning Online takes a small admin fee to cover operational costs from courses that are paid for by Students. In the cases where courses are provided free of charge or discounted, Harrogate Learning Online will take no fee at all. Also during the initial launch period, Harrogate Learning Online are offering Teachers the opportunity to run their first course totally free of charge. This means that no admin fees will be due on payments received from Students joining the first course they list.
“There are no restrictions on the subjects and types of courses on offer” Mark Garrett added, “The reason I set this up was to serve our local community. Not only are children missing out by not being at school but with so many older people stuck at home for the next 3 months it is vital we offer a route to adult learning as well as giving them the ability to interact with fellow Students “.
Registrations remain open for both Teachers and Students, and can be completed online via the website: https://harrogatelearning.online/. Registration is free to everyone and courses can be in any subject, including some adult learning classes in areas like holiday languages, art and counselling.
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