The Next Revolution In Education: Design Thinking

forbes | January 08, 2019

A defining feature of the last century was that most jobs were relatively clear cut (banker, electrician, teacher, etc). In our own time, however, people increasingly have careers that are underscored by a theme. In this respect, Sam Seidel is most certainly a 21st century kind of guy.After splitting his time between studying at Brown University and teaching inmates at a nearby prison, Seidel has worked on everything from building the Student Experience Lab at the Business Innovation Factory to writing and publishing his first book Hip Hop Genius: Remixing Public Education. He now serves as the Director of K12 Strategy + Research at the Stanford D.School. At the root of all his endeavors is his fervent belief that if we can address the structural flaws in the way we educate people, we can also mitigate a lot of our other biggest problems.

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Selling online courses has emerged as one of the biggest opportunities for educators over the past couple of years. The online learning industry has been growing fast and is expected to reach $325 billion by 2025.This infographic from Sell Courses Online compares the different aspects of selling online courses through these two platforms.

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Selling online courses has emerged as one of the biggest opportunities for educators over the past couple of years. The online learning industry has been growing fast and is expected to reach $325 billion by 2025.This infographic from Sell Courses Online compares the different aspects of selling online courses through these two platforms.

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MONEY LION | August 16, 2022

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FocalPoint Education | July 06, 2022

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Ethena | August 04, 2022

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