Last Friday Instructure celebrated its long-awaited IPO. The market bid the LMS provider a rather warm welcome, closing around 8% up in afternoon trading that day. CEO Josh Coates stated that there was a huge renaissance in education technology.
A society’s view of education is simply a reflection of the broader culture. Back when America was far more homogeneous and agrarian, we developed schools that reflected those values and ideals, right down to the calendar we taught kids on. I would argue one reason there is such confusion over where education should go in the future in this country, is because we now have so many competing visions of what our culture is and how that should collectively define us in the 21st Century. But if you step back, remain objective, and keep your eyes open, what is happening in the world today is pretty clear. And when we understand the direction of the broader world, the role and direction of education comes into focus.
Sustainability is not merely an environmental ambition, focused on EPA-administered programs and “small footprint” tips and tricks for changing lifestyles. Sustainability, literally, is about doing things in a way that ensures they can continue to be done indefinitely.
On-demand tutoring, the possibility to connect with a live tutor anytime – anywhere, is quickly becoming a must-have feature for edtech startups. Instead of booking a session with a tutor at a fixed date and time, students can now go online and pick from a list of tutors who are available at this moment.
In recent years, the development of information technology has progressed in leaps and bounds. The advancement of programming techniques, rapid productivity growth of semiconductor chips, the development of special means of information transmission, as well as feedback devices (head-mounted stereoscopic displays, gloves and suits that have embedded sensors that transmit information to a computer about a user’s movements) – the culmination of these advancements have yielded a momentous technology in the shape of virtual reality.