Over the last few weeks we have been evaluating the hundreds of proposals we received for the first round of the Open Education Challenge. The process is complex, as each of these proposals is evaluated simultaneously by two evaluators. The quality and passion that are present in each proposal is remarkable. Key concepts that I thought were only shared by a few experts are widely spread across this new community of ‘education entrepreneurs’.
I will highlight three of them:
These three Ps – Positive – Personalised – Participation – are another way to look at innovation in education.
The Open Education Challenge demonstrates that many innovators in education exist all around the world. They are a kind of ‘elite unit’, and a first step towards a systematic deployment of innovation into education.
Last week in Israel, I had a conversation with my friend Hanoch Piven about the ‘elite units’ that have been one of the reasons for the emergence of the ‘start-up nation’. Hanoch insisted on several traits of these elite units that could be useful to understand who are, or could be, education entrepreneurs:
If the Open Education Challenge does lead to the creation of an elite unit of education entrepreneurs, their – and the Challenge’s – success will depend on the ability/receptiveness of the ‘establishment’ to mainstream these innovations by breaking with the rigidity of our current education systems.
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