The article by Oliver Pickup in a Digital Learning special report, published in The Times, warns buyers about cowboy coaches cashing in on the boom in online learning, pointing out that official accreditation and authenticity is essential for students and businesses.
Pickup outlines seven areas of concern: cloak-and-dagger sales presentations, fake qualifications, promises of employment, non-existant colleges and academies, rogue conferences, poor quality online learning courses and free online learning.
The full article explains each of the seven scams with contributions from leading online educators about how to avoid them.
Amanda Roswarne, CEO of CPD Standards Office, advises in the article: “To avoid online scams like this, people should look for training courses listed with many learning objectives and seek out independent review sites such as Trustpilot.”
Jo Cook, founder and director of Lightbulb Moment. “A lot of people are jumping on the COVID-19 bandwagon, either as a scam or with little expertise in how to provide quality remote courses and live online sessions,” she says. “Make sure to go to a company with years of experience behind them.”
The full article by Oliver Pickup is available on The Times’ Raconteur website: Seven elearning scams to watch out for.