Zappa´s mistake: 1, 2…and 3

The music phenomena Frank Zappa ones said: ”If you want to get laid: go to a university. But if you want an education: go to a library.” He did have a point. But he forgot: the third reason to get an education. Still; could that very reason explain why this industry not (yet?) have disrupted? … Continue reading Zappa´s mistake: 1, 2…and 3

What Bezos completely missed when he started Amazon

Jeff Bezos is undoubtedly a talented businessman. He knew already when he started Amazon how to think. So there was a specific reason for him to start with books. And he also knew at the time that it was just a beginning. But here's what he managed to miss anyway: an even more interesting case … Continue reading What Bezos completely missed when he started Amazon

Where are the educational losers?

How many smartphones can a single, individual, actually make use of – two? three? How much education can a human being consume? Well, there is a reason learning sometimes is called a drug. The more some people get, the more they tend to ask for. One more course, please. So, how to identify the losers … Continue reading Where are the educational losers?

Look out for Homeschooling 3.0

Once upon a time: only for kings and queens and their children. Then came digitalization. And ordinary parents could then also afford it. And then Covid. Gosh what it boomed. Hundreds of thousands of “teachers” found an extra job, or even a full-time job. Sit in Sweden, work in USA…or whatever, wherever, whenever. But now? … Continue reading Look out for Homeschooling 3.0

Send Austin to space

Surprise: new universities are now created. Actually: no surprise. But will they make it…if they continue to think as historians like Nial Ferguson? He is one of the academics around the globe that is trying. Perhaps. But here is a much better idea; if you, today, want to vitalize the luxury version of off-line education. … Continue reading Send Austin to space

MOOCs compared to play-lists, from a students point of view

The best, globally speaking, possible digital Master’s degree, a student, theoretically speaking, could get, is actually not possible to get, at this moment in time. Such a type of Master’s degree simply does not exist, at any place on the whole planet. One might wonder: will we ever be able to get that one? If … Continue reading MOOCs compared to play-lists, from a students point of view

A ten-year blocker that still did not work

One might twist this issue about why MOOCs like Coursera and edX now exist, and the specific One might twist this issue about why Coursera and edX now exist back and forth as long as one likes, but an interesting interpretation could be this: If we believe something important actually will happen then perhaps better, we start … Continue reading A ten-year blocker that still did not work

How should we actually perceive the core activity in this industry?

How about; ‘Somebody learning something better/faster/cheaper/deeper with the help of somebody/something else’? And the alternative? Well…that would still be learning, sense we always learn…but no help, and not the same result. However; does such way of playing with words really matter? Yes, it does. It even matters a lot. And here is how it does. … Continue reading How should we actually perceive the core activity in this industry?

Harvard and MIT just sold edX and decided to cross the river…to get water

The rhetoric of those involved does not hold up. Still, recently it became public; Harvard and MIT are selling off edX, to firm 2U. Why? Instead of listening to what they themselves try to claim, here is how to understand it. Is it perhaps about actively trying to avoid to make an important strategic choice? … Continue reading Harvard and MIT just sold edX and decided to cross the river…to get water

Never trust what students and customers say that they want, trust what they do

We miss meeting each other. Running education remote has not been that great, some say. Right now, there are many who claim, and therefore also expect, that students want to come back to Campus, post-COVID. Surveys have been done, the students themselves have answered how they want it. But can we really trust these surveys? … Continue reading Never trust what students and customers say that they want, trust what they do

Zoom fatigue does not exist

Stumbled upon a scientist that as a cure for Zoom-fatigue suggested muting your face. The idea was: it's exhausting to have to see yourself all the time. And yes, that's easy to agree with. I, too, am not particularly amused to see myself in the mirror all the time. But here's a far better suggestion. … Continue reading Zoom fatigue does not exist

How to upscale a teacher’s job, and at the same time increase quality

Standing in class takes time. But it takes a lot more time to develop teaching. That is also why we gain by thinking more about this development process than what shall happen in the classroom itself. Here's how it can be done. For a good reason: others have already started to work in this way. … Continue reading How to upscale a teacher’s job, and at the same time increase quality

Please: let´s skip the depression-phase – a third attempt post-covid

What if students don´t come back to Campus the upcoming years and prefer to meet each other at other places instead? What if teachers then lose their high level of energy? What even if managers themselves loses faith in the future? But then, here is a headache pill that could help us avoid all that. … Continue reading Please: let´s skip the depression-phase – a third attempt post-covid

How Wannabes can outperform the existing platforms

Competition in the e-learning-market has undeniably, so far, not been very fierce. It has been excellent to become a successful education platform without knowing much about education. How long will that hold? Spice Girls show the way for the next step. It´s possible for any unknown teacher to take it and outperform the existing platforms. … Continue reading How Wannabes can outperform the existing platforms

Digital students and customers are not the same as IRL

Let´s not do the same mistake as record labels did. They did not understand their own customers. Streaming substituted piracy and iTunes, not CD-records. They should have understood that customer preferences changed. Here is an example of what easily happen in digital education. It was a great learning-event I developed. But I failed with it. … Continue reading Digital students and customers are not the same as IRL

Typewriters understood digital education long before us

How did we manage? Power Point is actually difficult to learn. Still we ones did. We have even managed to integrate it into our working-process. Same thing with typewriters, classrooms ... and next. Well, all these are a bit different. But, are they really? Here´s what we can learn by not focusing their big differences. … Continue reading Typewriters understood digital education long before us

Try a different structure instead – a second attempt, post-COVID

Why do universities just get stuck with the idea of online education vs offline education, ending up with some kind of hybrid-solution as the middle ground? We can use digitalization for something far more interesting. We can use digitalization to restructure a business. Here is an unspoken of example of what we actually could do. … Continue reading Try a different structure instead – a second attempt, post-COVID

The speech we are missing

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream. A great song-title, published already 1927. Sometimes we scream to get things. But sometimes we also scream in order to avoid things. Then we start screaming towards each other. How to solve that fight? What speech can make us ready for a new, digital, educational world? … Continue reading The speech we are missing

From 3D to 2D … that changes everything

Digital devices are two-dimensional. Small areas as well. A classroom is 3D. With a large area as well. Courses, when they go digital, have literally, physically, now shrunk. That changes everything. So how do we handle education in this new type of shrunken place a digital device represents? We find the answer on the app-market. … Continue reading From 3D to 2D … that changes everything

How, not if, prices will permanently fall

NYU professor Scott Galloway has gone bazooka: "Margins on education are unreasonably high". However; don´t worry. The methods described in this post are spreading, price levels will fall. They will even drop sharply. On permanent basis. But it´s not because of Covid or digital tech. It´s because of smart people, people like Galloway, understanding disruption. … Continue reading How, not if, prices will permanently fall

The first step to post Covid: offices, classrooms, Twitter

What about life after Covid? The discussion has begun. How do companies think? Educational actors? Students? Teacher? Plans are needed for the autumn. The future of the education world is at stake. Imagine no-one will go back to the offices and classrooms. So how will it be? Here is the answer. It lands on Twitter. … Continue reading The first step to post Covid: offices, classrooms, Twitter

7 secrets: how to sky rocket an online course

Learn from the best, discover their secrets. Make your own course sky rocket. How to make a great on-line course? Scholars in pedagogy try to help out. But here is a better idea: In this post I benchmark an unusually great course we all have access to. 7 important secrets revealed. Put them in use. … Continue reading 7 secrets: how to sky rocket an online course

Curating will soon be more fun than lecturing

Students bribe teachers. Already well known. But how about the opposite? Well, the most prominent management guru on the planet...Harvard-professor Clayton Christensen…actually suggest us to do it. Is he plain crazy? What if we don´t want to? Other solutions? This post provides the answer. It all comes down to curating. It’s an interesting growing profession. … Continue reading Curating will soon be more fun than lecturing