EduFire’s mission is to revolutionize the way people learn. The site provides innovative online learning tools that are entirely community drive. Users can become teachers or students and connect with one another from anywhere in the world. The site breaks down its offerings into three categories: languages, exam prep, and other. EduFire does not restrict what languages can be taught for the most part. The FAQ even states that if someone wanted to teach or learn Pig Latin they could. The site is entirely web based so users can access it from any computer with an internet connection. Webcams are optional, although recommended for users that wish to become EduFire teachers.Show more screenshots »
EduFire was founded in June of 2010 by Jon Bischke and Kareem Mayan. Mayan is no longer with EduFire, although Bischke is along with the Vice President of Engineering, J. Scott Johnson. The site currently employs about five individuals based out of Menlo Park, California. It was acquired by the Camelback Education Group in October and received funding prior to the acquisition. Today, EduFire offers a community of students and teachers who can connect and help one another.
EduFire is not another site with learning resources such as websites and books. It has learning resources, but they consist of live people. EduFire gives the user community a chance to shine by making it the sole focus of its educational system. Users can become teachers and assist others in learning a language or preparing for an exam. The other category makes it easy to teach almost anything on EduFire. The site does not limit the language options either, so even made up languages can be taught to those who want to learn them.
The EduFire website is very neat and clean, offering a lot of white space and almost no clutter. The navigational links across the top of the page allow new users to locate tutors, the forum, online classes, videos, content, flash cards and groups. Popular categories are also displayed at the center of the homepage, listing languages like Japanese, Mandarin, English, and Spanish as well as business topics like career development, marketing and entrepreneurship and tech subjects such as programming and design.
Visitors who wish to become EduFire users can do so by clicking on the blue “Sign Up” link found at the top right hand corner of the homepage (just beside the login link). Registration is quick and requires a first and last name, email address, password, date of birth, time zone, country location and whether the user is joining as a student or teacher. After submitting the information, the user is immediately given access to a list of available classes and subject listings as well as their personal inbox and account dashboard.
The cost of EduFire depends entirely on how many sessions a user participates in. Each tutor can choose their own session rate. Most sessions are based on a one hour time frame. The tutor can also choose to require pre-payment from the student before beginning the session, or send an invoice after tutoring for payment later. Those who wish to teach on EduFire are charged a 15% fee for each session for using the site’s streaming video and audio tools. There is no fee charged unless a session is completed.
Educators and those who want to learn can enjoy EduFire. The site allows tutors to set their own rates and tap into a large group of potential students. Meanwhile, students are given their choice of tutors from all around the world. They do not have to pay admission fees or sign up for more than they want and can afford.