There are lots of opportunities in the global tutoring field. Tutoring is listed as one of the top 16 industries worldwide for starting a new business, with a with a growthrate of 7% in the last year.
Besides, GlobalAnalysts, Inc. (GIA) released a study stating that the Global Private Tutoring industry will surpass $102,8 Billion by 2018, so there’s no doubt that you will benefit from market trend.
On top of that, since there are more and more students, who are willing to enter in highly rated universities as competition increases. This is exciting news for anyone involved in the tutoring industry.
This week I sat on a panel at an event about private equity in edtech. It was an interesting day, and my panel looked at why European investors lag behind their US peers and how edtech startups could help them catch up (Q.E.D. investing more often).
I will post my thoughts about this later, however what struck me throughout the day was the lack of knowledge about the education sector, domestically, internationally and contextually/historically.
OK, so I’m not Howard Beale and this isn’t Network, but the tenor of the current discourse on MOOCs is starting to get absurd. Analysis in The New Republic of a recent survey of 35,000 MOOC students who took at least part of a MOOC offered by the University of Pennsylvania, leveled as a criticism the finding that most students do not view these courses either as a means to a college degree or a new job. Given that none of these courses are accredited, one wonders how a student could possibly use them as a means to a college degree? And while they may exist, I have yet to see a job listing requiring (or even recommending) completion of one of these MOOCs as a qualification.
After all of the language learning, then came the mentoring. Our company has some really great mentors who have all been incredibly helpful and insightful. We have actually been very fortunate. At first this was great. We were getting lots of helpful ideas and suggestions, but nothing too specific. However, the longer the mentoring went on, the more frustrated I became. Not because they were not doing their jobs, but because I just wanted someone to tell me exactly what to do to be successful at this, being an entrepreneur. How exactly do we pitch this in 5-7 words? Don’t give me potentialities, give me something I can pitch; exactly, word for word. You are the expert; tell me what to say!
So about 2 years ago I had this really brilliant idea. I knew the moment it popped into my head that it was a really good one; perhaps my best to date and I needed to act on it. I ruminated for a couple of months and solidified it a bit before contacting a former colleague of mine to dialogue (academic language) about it or pitch it (entrepreneur language) and see if he was interested in working on the idea together. He was, and so it began.
Editor’s Note: This article has first been published on Tiffany’s personal blog.
Social learning is just one learning tool that can be employed to promote learning in any classroom. We typically think of social learning as peer to peer (P2P) and it is dependent on several factors to be successful:
- The base level of knowledge or experience a learner brings to the discussion
- A positive, open learning environment
- Facilitation of discussion
Just like we use B.C. and A.C. today to divide history between two periods, so will B.I and A.I be added in the future to reference that point in time when Internet really changed everything. I do not know what that date will be, but it certainly hasn’t arrived yet, because despite all the hype the Internet is still in its infancy -especially when it comes to its Educational potential.
Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Today’s Campus.
What makes a website stand out as superior? There are some key qualities we all subconsciously look for when we scout a new site, but they are too often forgotten when it comes time to build or revise our own.
Visit your site. Yes, now. Take a few minutes to evaluate it with the following 3 questions and engage the actionable advice into your plans to make some measurable improvements.
Editor’s note: This article was first published on Fahad Hassan’s personal blog.
In Sal Khan’s book, One World School House, he talks about testing generally as a bad and incomplete concept. I don’t entirely agree with his premises that testing doesn’t tell us as much as we might want to know about a particular student. Let me give an example of his synthesis and what went through my mind as I read one particular paragraph:
If you were teaching someone to score a penalty tomorrow, would you have them memorise the top 100 goal scorers of the last 100 years tonight? If you were hiring, would you go with the one holding the piece of paper proclaiming they were qualified, or the one with the experience who’d done it?
A few years ago, if you wanted to be in the film industry, you went to film school. In particular, if you wanted to direct major movies, you went to NYU or USC. Same goes for business, design, marketing, writing, photography, making Italian-style kazoos, whatever. There were establishments that you were expected to go to. And then the internet arrived, bringing with it an abundance of places where you can learn your craft, publish your work, and have it seen by a niche audience who are interested and offer feedback.