Thursday, January 8, 2009

Come hither to Clivir

[Article published by Michael Watkins for technation on Sept 23rd 2008]

Clivir is a recently launched tutorial based learning community that allows users to teach or be taught.

The Perth based startup focuses on giving users the tools and platform to actively teach other users about anything that interest’s them. Users can create lessons or classrooms, depending on the extent of knowledge or popularity of their teaching.

Example - John has extensive knowledge on photography. He sets up a lesson on basic photographic principle’s and has 3 clivir users attend his first lesson. The lesson goes well, the lessons attract more users and John is asked to expand on the topic further, so he sets up a classroom on Photography where users can share information and dissect the topic together in one space with John being the teacher.

After taking a few lessons myself, credit is due to Clivir for the clean, easy to use interface that beats most other competitors hands down.

It is also interesting to note that the site has no visible advertising to distract teachers or students. This suggests that the Clivir team really do want to help people learn rather than make a quick dollar, which is very noble indeed. However, as the site grows, a revenue model will have to be implemented and how they do that without disrupting the classroom will be interesting.

So far Clivir has been fun and I will continue to use it as the grows, both in a teacher and student capacity.

If you have an interest or hobby that you would like to share with, learn from or teach to others, give Clivir a try.

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