4 Ed-Tech Ideas Face The Chronicle’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’

Goldie Blumenstyk, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Mar 29, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The four pitches are, well, exactly what you would expect the Chronicle to be interested in:

  • location-tracking technology that makes students a part of in-person educational simulations
  • an online tool to help colleges find, screen and hire adjuncts
  • education guides to help students choose between different colleges
  • face-to-face counseling and support for working adult students

It's the sort of perspective that cannot imagine a future without a fairly traditional picture of universities (up to and including low-paid adjunct labour). But the main problem with these ideas is that they've all been invented. These pitches all take existing ideas and add "... for colleges" to the end of them. It makes me wish I was on the panel. Every jury needs a Simon.

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