“Online education is not an enemy of residential education, but rather an inspiring and liberating ally.” –MIT President Susan Hockfield
“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of a competence.”- Eleanor Roosevelt (Johnson, 2011)
“The internet won’t change the way we chew gum.” –Warren Buffett (Johnson, 2011)
Today I spent a good deal of my time reflecting on what I want our learning service, www.gobelearning.com to be all about. I thought on what we truly hope to gain. I thought about my beliefs and my need to grow as an educator. I searched for answers and came up with more questions.
Below is a list of thoughts/ questions as to Gobe Learning:
- We do not intend to go “big.” Rather we intend to do well by our students, tutors and parents. How can I get this message across to prospective stakeholders?
- We are inspired teachers, first. We are not hamstrung by quarterly reports, pensions, nor profit margins. How do we stay solvent?
- Will we build a learning service that truly differentiates to fit the needs of each individual student?
- Brooks Brothers charges what they do primarily due to impeccable dedication to service. What can we learn from the early days of Brooks Brothers?
- How can we plan for service rather than for profit?
- What are ways I can cultivate a sense of shared purpose among our tutor-partners?
- How can I simplify the entire Gobe Learning experience from first click on our website to completion of a client’s learning module?
- How can I make myself into an entrepreneur when becoming one has never before been a priority?
- Master teachers are not run of the mill human beings. How can I support their creativity, passion and craftsmanship?
- We are in the family business: How can we attract nice, responsible, trailblazing parents, students and tutors?
- Now matter the venture, clients will seek value for money. How can we ensure a seamless learning experience that values customized instruction?
- Parents are overwhelmed and a little terrified with so many learning options? How can Gobe earn parents’ trust with such a novel experiment?
Back to work for me. If you are intrigued with Gobe Learning, feel free to sign up for a free consultation here: http://www.gobelearning.com/why-choose-gobe-.html
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Chandler, D. (2012, May 12). MIT and Harvard launch a ‘revolution in education’. Retrieved from http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/edx-launched-0502.html
Johnson, L. (2011). Start it up: Why running your own business is easier than you think. London: Penguin.