This Educelerate Event was recorded on November 14th, 2013 and presented by Christopher Nyren, Founder of Educelerate. Educelerate holds a gathering space for Ed Tech leaders in the industry with the educators and entrepreneurs who share their interests. This next episode, taken from Educelerate 13: Adult and Online Education, digs into the challenges of engaging students with MOOCs and online college programs.
In the wake of the the industrial revolution, ideas about optimizing the manufacturing process had begun to surface in an effort to increase productivity. One promising tactic was to condition specialized employees by assigning each a specific role in the manufacturing chain. The result? Efficiencies shot through the roof.
Kno’s consumer-focused model, seeking to sell what is ultimately a feature for an entrenched oligarchical of suppliers, was doomed from the beginning — just ask that 2000 era startup that was charging for digitized book content before Google made available for free all the books it was copying at the University of Michigan.
What a fantastic weekend! This week marked the first Startup Weekend Education which took place in Chicago, IL at National Louis University. Startup Weekend Edu is a global movement of entrepreneurs empowering people to take matters into their own hands and use their creativity to solve big problems in education. This weekend saw a huge turnout of educators, parents, college deans, and others with a vested interest in helping to move education forward in creative ways.
A brief update from Educelerate as we sit here at hour 34 Midnight on Saturday of the 54 hour Chicago StartupWeekend EDU. We took on the challenge of organizing this Weekend knowing it was the very first such event across the entire Midwest (let alone Chicago), but also understanding we could tap into the awesome edupreneurial ecosystem in Chicago and across the US through Educelerate, Educated Ventures, Dan Rezac and EdReach and, of course, the StartupWeekend and Up Global organization, including SW EDU general […]
One unexpected happy outcome of declining enrollments at for-profit schools and their related focus on improved student academic measures has been the dramatic decrease in the broader industry’s god-awful ads.
Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Danielle Chutinthranond, a UX designer for a startup in Chicago, IL. You can follow her on Twitter @daniellechut When people ask me what I do for a living, I normally say that I’m a designer. I consider design the practice of identifying and defining a problem, and solving that problem with the domain-specific resources available. User Experience (UX) designers focus on creating products with intuitive interfaces and efficient interactions that put […]
This next episode, taken from Educelerate 13.5: UX for EDU digs deep into the user experience for online education. This Educelerate workshop was be facilitated by our friends at DesignCloud and was set amidst their new media show planned for August.
Hats off to Ariel Diaz and Boundless for his insightful analysis here on Educelerate and for his
company’s efforts to provide low cost digital textbooks. As a company, ED MAP has been in the
textbook distribution industry for over a decade.
The traditional textbook market is broken. Though textbooks remain the core content for most courses in higher education, this market operates “cartel” style, giving students little choice in the products they use or the price they pay. Over 80% of the textbook market is controlled by the top 5 publishers, who use aggressive sales tactics to acquire professors’ business and then stick students with the exorbitant costs.
This next episode, taken from Educelerate Workshop: K12 Sales From the Seller’s Perspective, we discuss strategies for reaching out to school districts from a company perspective, and the challenges of selling to districts who set their budgets many months in advance.
This next episode, taken from Educelerate X, we discussed K-12 school district needs and the challenges of school district sales models with current and former buyers of educational content and technology.
We often talk about the Flipped Classroom here on the EdReach Network. In fact, we even have our own channel dedicated to Flipped Learning. But, instead of the flipped classroom, what if you could flip the job process?
We know right now that there is a mad scramble to find the right ways to integrate motivation and rewards with learning. Mozilla and others are working on the OER and Badge movement. MyGZpoints uses a reward system that allows students to earn points for their grades- then redeem those points for real goods and services.
A lot more education accelerators have been announced recently with the most notable being the partnership between Kaplan and TechStars, the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, and Pearson Catalyst – not to overlook new efforts in Boston (LearnLaunch, which we covered extensively last month), Brazil, Israel and London. Of note, the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator is accepting applications through an April 14th deadline here and also hosting a livestream information session on their website tonight April 23rd at 7:00pm EST. Their actual accelerator program will accept ten EdTech […]
In this next episode, taken from Educelerate IX: through all the excitement over “MOOCs”, an earlier generation of disruptive online education players has already managed to create a truly massive market in terms of both students and revenue. This model has been termed “Schools as a Service” and has seen two particularly exciting investor exits this past year.
At the LearnLaunch conference at MIT, I had a few moments to talk to Navah Fuchs, Co-founder of Angel-Ed.org, an organization dedicated to making college affordable for all students. From their website:
Teachers are entrepreneurs by nature. We build-measure-learn and test our products and services on customers every day. Yet, we can’t scale our nifty solutions. We ought to follow the models of other industries where successful entrepreneurs have been able to scale solutions that work. While that startup mentality might not translate perfectly into education or healthcare per se, there has to be a better way to help teacher entrepreneurs to reach the teachers and students who need the products.