Education Platforms: Gamification, Income Share Agreements, Upskilling

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“The internet will save higher education, but it may kill your alma mater.” — John Katzman

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  • How to validate demand?
  • What are 8 examples of gamification in education?
  • What are product ladders?
  • What’s the Superstar Effect?
  • How to help students learn faster?
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  • How to build expertise in a vertical?

💎 Why It Matters

Students are learning from the best teachers around the world. 

🔍 Problem

Teaching online requires you to sell, distribute, operate and teach. 

You need to build these functions. Or get help.

💡 Solution

Education platforms help you focus on what you’re best at and outsource the rest.

🏁 Players


Education Platforms

  • Codecademy • Self-Paced Learning Platform for Technical Skills
  • Flux Academy • Web Design Education Platform
  • The School of Life • Online Education Organization and Marketplace
  • Egghead • Software Engineering Education
  • FreeCodeCamp • Non-Profit Software Engineering Platform
  • Khan Academy • Non-Profit Education Platform
  • Buildspace • Learn to Build on Ethereum with Solidity and Smart Contracts
  • Replit • Collaborative, In-Browser IDE for Software Development
  • Earn Your Leisure • Sports, Entertainment & Business Education
  • Stoa School • MBA Alternative in India
  • OnDeck • Online Career and Learning Community 
  • Kaggle • Machine Learning/Data Science Community
  • Data Camp • Learn Data Science and Analytics


🔮 Predictions

☁️ Opportunities

🏔️ Risks

  • Format Risk • Self-paced courses may have lower completion rates. Cohort-based courses are more expensive and less accessible. 
  • Certification Hell • Some certifications don’t help students secure jobs. Perform thorough research on certificates to save time and money.

🔑 Key Lessons

  • Choose a meaningful niche. Several instructors can teach the same topic and succeed. Different students connect with different teachers. 
  • Give students agency. Let them choose what and how they learn.
  • Learning how to learn is just as important as what you learn.

🔥 Hot Takes

  • Being the best teacher in your school, town, city or state will become less valuable as rewards flow to the best teachers in the world.
  • Theory will be learned through practice. See applied education institutions such as the Bloom Institute of Technology

😠 Haters

“Online education is not the same as in-person education.”
You’re right. It’s not the same. In-person education may have higher engagement due to physical presence. Online education offers access to the best instructors in the world.

“What does ‘best’ in the world mean? Isn’t this subjective?”
Yes, however, greatness has common threads. Instead of students being forced to learn from millions of mediocre teachers, they’ll learn from hundreds of world-class instructors. This is the end of average.

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🙏 Thanks

Thanks Shubham Agarwal, Breno Ferreira, Sari Azout, Yarty Kim, Ashwin, Kevin Galang, Ab Advany, Maciej Cupial, Prabhjot Singh Lamba and Tom Arbuthnot. We had a great time jamming on this report.

✏️ Devin researched and wrote this report. Dru researched and edited this report.

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