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

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

Education changes in waves, not as a straight line

How important is E-Learning really? Is it going to make a real impact? Are we in an inflection point, or not? Well, we've heard that talk before, without the educational world changing fundamentally. Why would it then happen this time? Here is a slightly different answer to these questions than you might have heard before. … Continue reading Education changes in waves, not as a straight line

Pez, the candy, is the mother of all great E-learning

You can´t force another person to learn. Well, you can, but things thought by brute force very seldom leads to anything good, at least not in the long run. It for instance rarely leads to innovative ideas. This post is about how to use that observation when choosing what digital technologies to use for e-learning. … Continue reading Pez, the candy, is the mother of all great E-learning

How to make online-education gazillion times more social, interactive and live than off-line-education ever can be

The typical situation for learning is not thousands of participants – MOOC´s. It is smaller groups, 30-100. Still, imagine you cannot meet physically, Corona-times could be one reason. Then here is what you can do. And please note; it can become way better in doing exactly everything that off-line-education is claimed to be great at. … Continue reading How to make online-education gazillion times more social, interactive and live than off-line-education ever can be

The future campus: Disneyland, Woodstock, Soccer, or closed?

What´s the best way to see the future for the physical part of a university? How should a Campus look in a couple of years? These benchmarks reveal interesting options, don´t just knock them down. But sometimes we can´t wait. So, don´t miss this great opportunity. Decide instead on style, take action and keep them. … Continue reading The future campus: Disneyland, Woodstock, Soccer, or closed?

Why Corona-times is the piracy-movement

Between streaming and shellac records, we had tapes, CDs, iTunes and piracy in the music industry. Necessary steps before finally ending-up with streaming. So, which is actually the Covid-19-times? Well, it´s not the final structure. It is more like the piracy-movement. Here is the reason why, and what it might lead to, already next year. … Continue reading Why Corona-times is the piracy-movement

Why quality in the e-learning-space will go up tremendously the upcoming years

Some years after Google Play and AppStore was created huge numbers of apps was also developed. Some good, others terrible. But it does not look like that anymore. The ones remaining have become great. A lot of them are also very profitable. Here is the reason why the same thing will happen in the e-learning-space. … Continue reading Why quality in the e-learning-space will go up tremendously the upcoming years

What actually happens on Zoom, Teams and Meet – connecting, in a deeper sense

Becoming physically connected can sometimes be hard. But when we are; how to know if we are mentally connected? Here is a post based on listening to teachers sharing unusual stories on what at this moment seem to be ongoing. It´s about what actually could happen when we run Zoom, Teams and Meet. Really connecting. … Continue reading What actually happens on Zoom, Teams and Meet – connecting, in a deeper sense

25 000 reasons to honor the worst ones

Have you noticed: it is getting crowded? Everyone is now starting to run digital courses. Then why on earth should you take my course? Could it be because I myself might be great, or even terrible, in practicing it? Maybe bench-marking the new Ed-company Masterclass can help us to find out what to do here. … Continue reading 25 000 reasons to honor the worst ones

Todays MOOC-platforms is not the final structure

Remember music? Today: streaming. Yesterday: CD:s. But, there was also something important in the middle: iTunes/Piracy. The industry developed in phases. Things that many assumed to be "fixed and final", during the road, wasn´t. Now, could what recently happened in the US-based part of the MOOC-industry be a sign of a new phase upcoming soon? … Continue reading Todays MOOC-platforms is not the final structure