Three Ed-tech Companies Paving the Way for the Future of Education

 

Writing & Research: Aaron Weis

 

It is an interesting and fascinating fact that our society often calls upon our collegiate students to come up with innovative, creative, and practical viable solutions to everyday problems; inspiring them to dare to think differently, or outside of the box, when the harsh reality creates for a sort of paradoxical situation where the very institution or educational system in and of itself has, for the most part, remained unchanged throughout the years. That’s not to say that the technology that is utilized in this given environment hasn’t advanced, no far from it, however, when one examines the very core foundation or pedagogy of the educational system, it has, by and large, remained the same, and even more frustrating than that is that fact that, for the most part, this structure or methodology arguably fails to prepare the average person for the real world once they are finished with their studies. As such, it is time that we must consider a drastic pedagogy shift or change in our teaching models. Fortunately, enough, there are three companies leading the pack in reshaping, and rethinking the way that we go about this process, and spoiler alert, it’s not The Gates Foundation, or any similar attempts to address the fact that, “"We're facing the fact that it is a real struggle to make system-wide change.”

 

Built In NYC is just one of many online websites that keeps a watchful eye out for emerging startups in the New York area that they feel have real potential in making a significant impact in our daily lives. Coincidentally enough, with the issue of educational reformation at hand, two such companies that make similar listings are ones that provide various types of alternative educational services. Founded in NYC in 2014 by the millennial entrepreneur and CEO Ankur Nagpal, the first startup of notice to be included in this category is that of the unique platform Teachable.

 

Integrating elements of both the e-commerce and Ed-tech industry, the staff at Teachable are committed to a specific vision of reconstructing the way that knowledge and information is exchanged in a way that includes permitting enthusiastic people to kickstart their own entrepreneurial endeavors by educating others in an online environment. Teachable has gained attention in achieving this incredibly ambitious objective or mission statement by providing its users with a place to both design and monetize their own personal online courses by creating for a virtual classroom. With premium packages ranging from twenty-nine to three hundred and ninety-nine dollars a month based upon individual needs, Teachable provides such benefits as unlimited videos, students, hosting, student management, and payment processing at the very least across all packages. In addition, the Teachable experience includes additional customization, learning tools, marketing, analytics, and security for each online classroom created, and the testimonials speak for themselves. Currently, there are over eighteen million students enrolled through Teachable, with 186 thousand courses, sixty-eight thousand instructors, and over 338 million earned to date by instructors thus far. In addition to that, Teachable boasts over forty thousand followers across various social media platforms, a rating of 4.4 through Glassdoor, and a full five-star rating across various other rating websites, with ecommerce-platforms.com listing it as one of the top nine places to sell online courses. If interested, view their website at.

 

The next startup for consideration is as green as they come. Located in New York, Altversity was recently launched by CEO Shasha Yan in 2018. A distinctive force to be reckoned with in the E-learning, Artificial Intelligence, and the Ed-tech industries, Alveristy offers a B2B online platform with the admirable aim of providing users with a personal and individualized alternative learning experience. In today’s fast-paced and ever evolving age of information, Altversity manufactures both curated and quality content for such topics as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrency, compliance, data science, and cybersecurity. These courses are designed in a way that the user can learn at their own pace, while keeping track of their progress simultaneously. With artificial intelligence quickly becoming both a vital and integral part to our society, Altversity was recently featured in Built In NYC as one of the top five A.I. startups to know. Learn more and sign up for their courses at.

 

With all of today’s modern technological advances, the notion of an online or hybrid course is by no means a new conceptualization. But, wouldn’t it be nice to receive an education or have a class taught by a leading expert in your specific field of choice; to have a lecture by Stephen King on the basics of writing, or a discussion lead by Michael Bay on the more fundamental aspects of video production? After all, as the old idiom goes, those that can do, and those that can’t teach, and to this extent it seems that Universities are great in their capacity to produce more professors, and it makes sense if you consider the philosophy that if you surround yourself with five intellectual individuals, you become the sixth; that if you surround yourself with five leaders, your become the sixth, and so on and so forth. This philosophy speaking to the saying that if you stick around the barber shop long enough, you’re going to get a haircut, which is just another common saying to express that you are who you surround yourself with. This last company for examination sets itself apart from any other, and really sets a high standard, in terms of we can expect in terms of educational reformation, in its ability to excel in meeting this goal. As advertised, “This is Masterclass.”

 

Access genius anywhere. That lofty aim is at the very core of what Masterclass is trying to achieve. The humbling origin story for this Ed-tech brainchild is one worth mentioning. Launched in San Francisco back in 2012, founders Aaron Rasmussen and David Rogier came up with the inspiration for this project of monumental proportions as a result of a dinner party that they attended that was held for ten individuals. In a fashion of the same similitude as the meeting between Mark Zuckerberg and Sean Parks of Napster prior to the initial launch of Facebook, it was during this occasion that those in attendance were given a speech by Alan Kay; the very same computer visionary. It was following this event that both Aaron and David became seriously invested in the idea for the digital media platform, with the one question constantly lingering in the back of their minds as to whether or not they could create the for an online environment where users could have an intimate experience learning from the world’s best. Fast forward seven years later, and the end result is the Series D organization that has accomplished precisely that. To date, Masterclass has provided classes and courses that have featured such prolific and profound minds as that of Samuel L. Jackson, Neil Gaiman, Gordan Ramsay, Natalie Portman, Steve Martin, Stephen Curry, Ron Howard, Dan Brown, Timbaland, David Lynch, Spike Lee, Aaron Sorkin, deadmau5, and countless others that are experts in their respective fields. At the same time, Masterclass provides these exceptional services to its users for a reasonable price. Ranging from ninety dollars a lesson to one hundred and eighty dollars for an annual subscription, users pay an exponentially lower price than they could expect to pay out of pocket for college tuition, and without the hassle of all the student loans. To get your access to genius, and to begin your journey in learning from best, log on to  today.

 

We are constantly told something along the lines of, the more you learn, the more you earn, or, similarly, that knowledge is power. However, in one’s pursuit of higher education in the many forms that it takes, monetary rewards or power should not be the primary focus in these endeavors, just as one should not make it an issue of their CUM GPA, the University they matriculated or hailed from as a sort of appealing marketing means for potential employers, or any of these other related means to an end. Rather, it should be an intensified emphasis on fostering and culminating a sense of lifelong learning, with an insatiable desire to learn. As Michelangelo said in his late seventies, “I am still learning.” Also, the focal point should be placed on obtaining practical life-skills that they can implement later on in real-world applications.  On that note, the educational systems as it stands has for a long time now remained stagnant in terms of development, and in many ways is an outdated model that calls for a much-needed paradigm shift in this regard. Hopefully, startups and companies like Teachable, Altveristy, Masterclass, or even Youtube lectures, can pave the way for what we can expect the future of our educational practices to look like, or, at the very least, to open up a conversation about the issue, and to begin questioning how we could go about such a transformation. 

 

 

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