- Dear Lev and other colleagues
I really thought that students wanting a distance-learning course choose it
because they cannot attent a "normal" live course in a group, maybe as they
live too far away of as the time a "normal" course is offered doesn't suit
them or takes place too often per week or month etc. Maybe for other
reasons, too, e.g. they might need more time for solving problems than the
majority of participants in a group, are too shy to speak in front of
Also, of course, the credit or certificate awarded by a distance-learning
course after passing the final tests should be well-known and officially
recognised, which isn't easy to achieve if you are starting and if you have
no lobby to support you.
German univesity language centres have created their own certificate called
UNIcert and that process has taken quite a while. UNIcert is now on the way
of gaining recognition even outside Germany but it took some time to
convince universities here to become UNIcert members. The effort was made
by the universities themselves that founded professional associations.
Think of the Open University, how successful they are. But think of the
support they have received from the government and probably others, too!
So, it's finding your clients, i.e. Market Research, and getting official
support, apart from all the professional skills, effort and money invested,
I believe. Viki mentioned something like that.
Best wishes and my admiration to Lev and all who have launched such projects.
Lecturer in Englsh, Language Centre, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany