Theodemy is a Learning Management Portal— like udemy, but for bible study courses. It contains courses— can be populated with more. It’s for online learning—there’s a blog; course management. Visit and view.
FAQ (based on inquiries)
Revenue Generating yet? No. Theodemy was never launched. Never marketed. I tested it with I think 6 beta users, whom I charged R25 in order to test payment gateway, functionality of the LMS etc. It works. You could easily add PayPal, stripe or the like.
I recruited other lecturers and post docs with a view to it functioning like udemy or coursera. It would thus generate revenue for these content creators on a 70:30 split (Course Creator:Theodemy respectively).
How much- potentially? That’s hard to say —It will depend on your business model. An alternative business model I contemplated was something like teachable - but for smaller private bible study colleges that xannot afford to invest in online platform. Give them each a login online space— e.g. collegeXX.theodemy.com. Donations - based model is another option ( Patreon, PayPal Donation Account).
2) Recurring cost ? Hosting - $76 /annum; support from vibe 59$ /annum including updates.
3) Built on LMS - vibe software
4) Ease of management? Depends on personality. The technical part is easy and not so time intensive. Marketing will be intensive unless outsourced. Recruitment of content producers can be intense. Many of mine (USA, Hollland, Nigeria, South Africa, Portugal) are very keen. But make no mistake — an online course — at least a quality one is hard work to put together; it involves thinking through assessments ; learning outcomes etc. a full on curriculum. Plus regular correspondence/communication with students. Most lecturers require a didactic readjustment for online delivery. I’m in favor of micro learning. Also time intensive bug outspurcesble is the blog — your content marketing activity.
5) Contracted Developers? No. Any custom coding requirements I simply outsourced via Upwork and the like. Some I’d do myself if not too complex.
But on the whole a very stable platform technically.
6) Number of uses and demographical - geographical distribution? My target was South Africa and rest of Africa. System adapts easily for more international market. One student from Portugal.
Languages? I went for any language— English. There’s a Portuguese exegesis course on site. I would get Mandarin, Arabic etc — church leaders in inaccessible countries. However, face to face is still unsurpassed and in Africa broadband access is a luxury (still). Theodemy would eventually have an international team to offer Theodemy On Site lecture tours— financed by the platform.
Why sell? I finished T in 2014/15. My job has limited my time severely. Also, T is seen as a conflict in my current employment. Every year I plan to add a Greek course ( simply passionate about teaching that) but never get to it. Furthermore, I’m exploring new avenues — I learned so much designing it and finishing it. I’ve just finished another project eezilife.com. Entirely commercial enterprise services marketing platform. It’s at marketing phase, on Facebook and email- and I can’t do T AND eezilife.com. The latter also includes Apps, —in sum: time, increasing conflict at work (we must complete conflict of interest declaration—!and while I don’t spend any time on T, I’m getting flack; fragmented interests