Archive for April, 2010

Odijoo – “So how do you make money?”

Monday, April 12th, 2010

After explaining and demo-ing Odijoo at the 2010 F5 Expo, one of the recurring questions we got, was “it’s free? So how do you make money?”

The answer is simple. Let’s start off with what is free in Odijoo…

It is free to do the following in Odijoo:

  • Sign up
  • Create online courses
  • Import your PowerPoint slides
  • Convert courses into classrooms (add interactivity –  multimedia, students, quizzes, discussion boards and more)
  • Administer classrooms and courses to your students, or to members of the Odijoo community
  • Create and maintain your own Odijoo Campus that’s accesible to the general public, located at
  • Add your course to the Marketplace and allow members of the Odijoo community to enroll in it and rate it
  • Create a paid enrollment course and put it up for sale in the Odijoo Marketplace or in your public Campus (accesible to anyone in Odijoo)
  • Take courses, rate courses, add members as contacts, message contacts, participate in discussions

So when do we charge? Good question.

There are two scenarios, where Odijoo would retain money from you:

  1. Subject Matter Experts: If you making money in Odijoo by selling courses, Odijoo retains 10% per course sold.If you’re a trainer that does consulting on the side, you would want to charge a fee for your Odijoo training course and offer it for paid enrollment from either your Odijoo Campus, or the Marketplace. It is free to create and put your paid enrollment course up for “sale”. However, when students can begin paying your enrollment fee and taking your course, Odijoo deducts 10% from the purchase price (with a $5 minimum charge) and you keep the rest! If you don’t make money, we don’t charge!
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  2. Organizations: If you are using an Odijoo Campus as a corporate training centre and you would like it to be privately accessible for only your employees.If you’re an organization or trainer and would like your Odijoo Campus to act as a completely private online training centre, accessible only to the employees whom you invite, rather the general public, this is called a Private Campus. You will need to purchase “seats” for your employees, which each seat representing one of your employees/learners taking one of your courses.You can purchase your Campus seats in blocks (bundles) of 100, 500 or 1,000 seats. The cost is $700, $3,000 and $5,000, respectively, which averages out to $5-7 per employee taking a course in your campus.
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So, it’s that simple. Unless you sell a course or request for a fully-private Odijoo Campus, Odijoo is 100% free to sign up for and use. We hope this is more clear now and keep the questions coming!

Odijoo at the 2010 F5 Expo

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Thanks to everyone that dropped by our booth at the 2010 F5 Expo, which took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, on April 7, 2010.

The F5 Expo is tradeshow and conference, intended to showcase “changing technologies” in the “online space such as social media, search marketing, mobile applications, and future trends.” The expo included an exhibition portion, as well as panel sessions and speaking sessions. The keynote speaker was respected author and columnist, Malcolm Gladwell. As a free web-based platform for collaborative online course development, deployment, interaction and delivery, Odijoo fit right in!

We had a lot of fun at the expo and met all sorts of individuals, including:

  • Individuals looking for online learning for their business
  • Subject matter experts wanting to monetize their knowledge
  • Organizations in need of a free web hub for storing organizational material
  • Individuals interested in SaaS and social media, who wanted to check out the software

The tradeshow was a wonderful experience and we are looking forward to our next one. In the meantime, here are a few photos we snapped at F5 for your viewing pleasure:

Odijoo free elearning platform at f5 expo for social media and changing technologies

An early look at the F5 Expo tradeshow floor. Odijoo was located at booth 315.

Odijoo free online learning platform at the 2010 F5 Expo

A bit more of the tradeshow floor.

Our booth!

Demonstrating Odijoo to the crowd

Demo-ing Odijoo to interested individuals. At some points, we had more people than we could tend to!