How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education

January 12, 2016

How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education


  • Mastery learning is an educational approach where educators work with a student as long as necessary to ensure the student has mastered one topic or skill before moving on to the next.
  • Startups are using online mentorship to combine the strengths of technology with the unique value of human beings to make a fundamental change in how we teach.
  • Several technology startups have launched “online mentorship” products in the last five years. Udacity added “coaches” to their online programs in 2013, Pluralsight acquired HackHands and Udemy partnered with CodeMentor earlier this year.
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Keywords: mastery learning, mentorship, Bloom’s 2 Sigma Problem, startups, teaching

Will Unbundling Kill Higher Ed as We Know It?

Campus Technology

  • According to Ryan Craig, author of the book College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education, students may one day find they don't need a bachelor's degree to become employable. When that day comes, the traditional four-year college experience could be considered as "old-fashioned and elitist".
  • Unbundling in higher education will happen, Craig predicted, "when the fidelity of the signal that employers receive from a competency marketplace is better than the signal they're getting today from degrees."
  • The idea of the competency marketplace or "competency currency" is to help employers identify candidates who are close matches for positions based on the competencies those open jobs require. LinkedIn is the closest to delivering on that promise.
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Keywords: higher education, competency-based education, skills, competency currency

Today’s College Grads Learn Life Skills on Google


  • Today’s college graduates tend to be highly trained and employable, but a recent study reveals the failure of higher education to prepare lifelong learners to identify and ask their own questions, the skill they most need in their post-college lives.
  • Three-fourths of the recent graduates said they looked for how-to tips—quick fixes they could use to solve urgent problems in their lives. They use Google a lot, and get information from social media sites and even TED talks.
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Keywords: higher education, skills, college graduates

Unaccredited Providers Are Changing the Shape of the Higher Education Industry

The EvoLLLution

  • Today’s higher education marketplace looks remarkably different than it did 10 years ago. The growth of unaccredited education providers and their popularity among prospective students is changing the shape of the postsecondary ecosystem.
  • Greater flexibility and lower prices is driving students’ migration to, and use of, unaccredited pathways. One example is StraighterLine, where students start with a free trial, then a subscription, reducing dramatically their risk of college.
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Keywords: postsecondary education, online education

Schools Aren’t Preparing Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

Dangerously Irrelevant

  • Freelancing is on the rise, with perhaps as many as a third of American workers now engaged in some kind of freelancing work. As more companies choose to depend on contract workers, those freelancers will experience more pressure to differentiate themselves and their skills.
  • But the problem is that most schools are not teaching students how to ‘learn and upskill’ themselves so that they optimize their chances to be selected. Most schools still primarily running students through a ‘one size fits all’ model and completely ignoring the economic and workforce realities.
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Keywords: higher education, skills, competencies, freelancers, entrepreneurship

What Will Shape International Education in 2016?

The PIE News

  • From geopolitical upheaval to marketing innovations, there are a plethora of factors that help to shape the global landscape of international education each year.
  • 2016 will be marked by greater efforts to find innovative ways to put social integration, mental wellness and student welfare at the heart of international student support, enhancing their experience and outcome.
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Keywords: education

This Online High school Could Change Education

eSchool News

  • Students often complain about a lack of relevance in the curriculum. They ask, ‘Why do I have to learn this?’. Silicon Valley High School is an online institution that just might change the way the U.S. approaches formal education.
  • The school currently offers 19 courses. They charge $10 a credit, which makes each course between $50 and $100 and a course could take one student 3 months and another 7 months because "kids learn at different rates."
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Keywords: online education, high school, Silicon Valley

Higher Ed Thought Leaders Forecast 2016 Trends

University Business

  • Presidents like Carine Feyten, Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Ray Schroederand, and other thought leaders look ahead on security, competency-based education, student sucess, remote learning, enrollment and tuition.
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Keywords: higher education, trends

Conferences and Events
FETC 2016 - Future of Education Technology Conference (Jan 12-15)
Bett (Excel London) (Jan 20-23)
TCEA 2016 Annual Convention and Exposition (Feb 1-5)
SXSWedu (Mar 7-10)
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