Today I want to thank Marcus Couch of the Scene Zine Podcast at www.thescenezine.com for sending in this link. It's kind of a membership site tool, but its really designed for people looking to educate.
The site is www.prfessor.com (that's not a typo) and for $49 bucks a month you get a hosted, turn-key solution for anyone looking to create courses, and charge money (or not ) for them. You can literally create your University, training center, or certification program in about a half hour.
Set up unlimited courses, for unlimited students and create tests and exams for the course. Set up payments easily with paypal or use your authorize.net account. You can set up multiple “programs” (kind of like different school in colleges).
You can be the dean and the teacher, or recruit professors and give them a whatever percent of the classes they teach. You can create intelligent quizzes in a snap.
You have 1 gig of file storage, and 30 gigs of transfer per month. If you have a bunch of videos, I'm not sure if 1 gig would last. I wonder if using something like the S3 Media player would allow you to copy and paste code so storage wouldn't be a concern.
So what's the catch? Well if I had one thing to complain it's that the default theme of the site is kind of plain. It's not ugly, but it's not “wow.” Are you stuck? No. You can upload your logo to help. If you need more help to update the look of the website you are going to put out some cash to have the look customized (to the tune of about $1000). My thought is I will build the site and once I get some students I will pay to have it customized.
It really looks easy as the tools automatically create your course catalog, FAQ page, contact us page, and instructor recruiter page and you can drop in a logo and brand your site in seconds. It's only $49 bucks a month.
Check it out at prfessor.com