Friday, May 3, 2019

Introduction to Indie Teaching

The Indie Teaching collaboration between The Babb Group and me began with a blog posted I wrote published on the Babb Group site, What is an Indie Teacher? in March 2019. That blog post provides an introduction to what an indie teacher is, how to make money through indie teaching, and some of the suggested technology options.

The writing of that piece started discussions about what services and support we could offer professors and other teachers who wanted to offer courses and other learning resources directly to learners.

From those discussions the idea of a web site (indieteaching.com) was born along with ideas for courses and this blog.

The Babb Group has been offering products and services in the online education space since 2005. Founded by Dr. Dani Babb, the Babb Group is a certified Woman Owned Small Business and Woman Business Enterprise. The company provides stellar, market driven, well priced professor services to teachers and colleges and universities. For institutions, the Babb Group provides highly flexible services with exceptionally experienced faculty and instructional designers providing only what colleges needed as an extension of their own internal teams - without the residual revenue or revenue-share model that OPMs offer. Today, we offer instructional design, faculty recruitment and faculty training on our Partner’s terms - without the OPM model that has crippled so many institutions and stifled their innovative power.

I am Chris Davis, PhD. I have been a teacher and administrator in higher education since 1997. I have been actively engaged in online products and services longer than that. I am particularly interested in how online media ca be used as a force for good especially though greater access to learning resources. Indie Teaching is one of several projects. Having worked with 1000s of faculty, I know there are many very smart and very talented who have more to offer than they are given the opportunity to do through colleges and universities. My goal is to help them build a platform that extends their teaching and their impact.