Online learning site eduFire announced today that it has raised $1.3 million in Series A funding from Battery Ventures, Western Technology Investments and investor Gokul Rajaram (who helped build Google AdSense).
eduFire is an educational marketplace where students can take classes via live web video. The company has expanded beyond its initial focus on learning languages to offer classes in standardized test preparation and technology training. eduFire CEO Jon Bischke says that while languages are still the most popular topic on the site, classes on how to use Facebook and Twitter are catching on with audiences.
Bischke said the company is also seeing an emergence of almost-real-time classes. For instance, when protesters were marching in Iran earlier this year, classes on the modern history of Iran started popping up on the site.
Launched a little over a year ago, eduFire says it now has roughly 5,000 teachers and that 30,000 students have signed up so far. The company rolled out a “SuperPass” earlier this year, which lets students take unlimited classes for $29 a month. eduFire has five employees and previously raised half a million dollars in angel funding.