Who are the innovators in education?
We – at P.A.U. Education – are about to launch the first European Incubator for Innovation in Education. Our Open Education Challenge is an invitation to all education practitioners and all innovators passionate about education to push forward their ideas and their dreams, create a startup and contribute to changing education. The launch is around the corner and we are still wondering:
Education is a magical and highly respected word; so respected that it can prevent innovators from entering the field, as they fear seeing their ideas blocked by the “system”, i.e. a set of rules and standards that rigidly control education systems.
In recent years, we have seen acclaimed professors jumping from their “academic pedestals” into the startup world. Udacity – one of the reference points for MOOCs – was cofounded by a research professor at Stanford University. So was Coursera. These “education entrepreneurs” are part of a larger movement, opening up education to new influences, new ideas and new interests.
“More” is their keyword, and more quality, more innovation, more accessibility is certainly what education needs.
The way the entrepreneurs describe their project visions and missions says a lot about their conviction, their confidence and their ambition.
Nothing seems out of their reach. They want to:
Their projects are “more”: “larger”, “more specific”, “faster”, “more social”…
“More” is what we need for education!
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