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How to start a Profitable Online Education Business [Latest EdTech Update & Resources]

Edtech Startups

  1. Ed-tech startup 3RDFlix pockets pre-Series A cheque (Sep 2019)
  2. Ed-tech startup WhiteHat Jr raises $10 million from Nexus, Omidyar, others (Sep 2019)
  3. CodeCombat raises $6 million to teach coding through immersive games (Aug 2019)
  4. Edtech Startup AdmitKard Raises $1 Mn In Pre-Series A Funding
  5. [Startup Bharat] Meet edtech startups that are taking quality education to non-metro cities across India (Mar 2019)
  6. Startup Watchlist: Top Indian Edtech Startups To Look Out For In 2019 (Feb 2019)
  7. List Of EdTech Startups (Jan 2019)
  8. 7 EdTech Startups That Could Reshape The Future Of Education (Nov 2018)

EdTech Industry Trends

  1. Edupreneur Village Fund hosted India’s first-of-its-kind live Edtech Investment Event in Delhi – [Sep 2019] Cash Prizes –
    1. INR 3 lakh – Don’t Memorise
    2. INR 2 lakh – One0x
    3. INR 1 lakh – Clap Global
    4. INR 50,000 – Mintbook
    5. INR 25,000 – Memory Trix
  2. What’s making education the golden spot for internet economy? [Sep 2019]
    • The edtech industry has been around since late-1990s, but the last six years have seen an unprecedented boom. Since 1997, the global edtech industry has received a funding of close to $38 billion, and over 60% of this has come in the last three years. So, what is it about e-learning that has made it such a lucrative opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors?
    • There are 250 million schoolgoing kids in India.
    • Most online courses are about 50% cheaper than their offline counterparts
  3. Artificial Intelligence, Authentic Impact: How Educational AI is Making the Grade – Educators find AI can revolutionize the K–12 experience, for both teachers and students. [Aug 2019]
    • In Florida’s Putnam County School District, educators are leveraging new content monitoring software to both automate the process of flagging potentially sensitive internet searches and add critical context to flagged requests.
    • And in New Jersey, Slackwood Elementary School is using an AI-assisted teaching assistant called Happy Numbers to identify where students are struggling with math benchmarks and provide personalized assistance.
    • Solutions such as the Presentation Translator — a free PowerPoint plug-in — provide real-time integration of multilanguage subtitles to help students better understand instructions in class or provide remote access for those dealing with illness or other family concerns
  4. Moving towards 21st century school education: Changes required – 21st century school education needs to be capable of teaching students how to deal with unpredictability and change.
  5. 8 ways technology use in classrooms is transforming the teaching-learning process (Aug 2019)
  6. Game-Based Learning: What All Leaders Should Learn About Training From The Health Care Industry (Aug 2019)
  7. [Funding alert] AI-powered edtech startup Blackboard Radio raises seed round from Villgro, others – Blackboard Radio will use the funds to further develop its AI-powered personalised English speaking coach for schoolgoing students in Tier II and III cities in India [Aug 2019]
  8. The Top 5 EdTech Trends 2019 — AI, AR, VR and more! [Jan 2019]
  9. Edtech Impact is finally here [Oct 2018]
  10. Q&A: Vadim Polikov’s Startup Brings Game-Based Learning to Science Class – New company Legends of Learning offers 900 research-backed games to educators. (2017)
  11. FIVE EDTECH COMPANIES THAT ARE TAKING GAMIFICATION TO THE NEXT LEVEL (2017)

Market Data, Studies

  1. Paytm eyes $2-3 billion in GMV in 18 months from education space
  2. Realizing the Power of EdTech – Scaling Access & Impact (Mar 2019) (PDF)
  3. 8 Ways EdTech Startups Are Setting Classroom-Innovation Trends
  4. 2018 Global Learning Technology Investment Shatters Records  –
    • “AI-based Learning is the one area where the US still has a commanding lead over China,” comments Sam S. Adkins, Chief Researcher of Metaari.
    • “The majority (61.5%) of all global investment in AI-based Learning companies went to 102 US-based companies that raised a combined total of $1.78 billion.
    • In stark contrast, $299.7 million went to just twelve Chinese AI-based Learning companies, a mere 10.3% of all global investments to AI-based Learning companies.
    • In 2018, 25 AI-based Learning companies in India obtained $227.7 million in investments, followed by Israel at $169.5 million.”
  5. Online Education: From Good To Better To Best? (March 2019) –
    • Examples of online degrees outperforming traditional degrees can be found across the globe and across students of all ages.
    • In the U.K., University of Essex’s online degrees placed in the top 18% of all U.K. institutions with a 91 score in the National Student Survey (NSS) run by Britain’s higher education regulator.
  6. Online Education in India: 2021 – a study / report by KPMG in India and Google (May 2017) (PDF)
  7. The ultimate guide to Edtech (2017)
  8. Ed Tech Developer’s Guide – A primer for software developers, startups, and entrepreneurs (2015)

Types of Online Edpreneurs

  1. HOW TO BUILD AN ELEARNING PLATFORM LIKE COURSERA (OR UDEMY)?
  2. Which Type of Online Course Business Are You? (And Why It Matters)
  3. MOOC Cloning: Build the Next Big Online Education Portal – Script Feature Analysis
  4. Social Cause: CrashUp: Let’s provide Free Education to every student in India (Video)

Choosing Platforms

15+ Platforms to Create and Sell Online Courses (and Counting)

Marketing Guides

The Ultimate Marketing Guide for Online Educational Companies

Tips for Beginners

  1. Launching An EdTech Startup? Here’s Everything You Need To Know – Part 1
  2. 22 TIPS FOR EDTECH STARTUPS AND COMPANIES
  3. How to start an online education business
  4. 6 Hard-earned Lessons for Starting an Online Education Business
  5. How To Start Your Own Online Education Business
  6. From unscreen.: How to Start a Profitable Online School in 5 Easy Steps
  7. From thinkific: 7 Steps to Building a Successful Business Selling Online Courses
  8. From foldcode: How To Build An Online Education Business
  9. From WordPress / Studiopress: How to Build an Online Education Business

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WriteEasy: Anatomy Of Good Written English

In our society, the study of language is the domain of poets, novelists, and literary critics. Just look at the value of a college degree in English versus one in computer science or accounting. But is this an accurate assessment of value?

Language is the primary conductor between you and your audience. Ineffective language weakens and distorts ideas. If you want to be understood and your ideas to spread, you must learn to write good English.
But, what is ‘Good English’? Good English is that which is readable by most people. It has several nuances – let us discuss a few!

Brevity

  • ‘We have no information at this time, but we’ll make a formal announcement the moment we do’ can be briefly expressed as ‘ We don’t know yet, but will tell you when we do’.
  • A ‘manually operated, personalised, recreational, eco-tool’ can also be called a ‘spade’.

But unfortunately verbosity is usually equated with command over the language. The airline pilot who announces that he is presently anticipating or experiencing considerable precipitation wouldn’t think of saying it may rain. That sentence is too simple–there must be something wrong with it!

To improve brevity, simply use George Orwell’s advice

Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
Never use a long word where a short one will do.
If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
Never use the passive where you can use the active.
Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

If you get criticized for limited word choice, rejoice for being in good company. When Hemingway was criticized by Faulkner, he had replied:

‘Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use’.

Clarity

Clarity has two angles –

Frequently confused words:

Some words are frequently confused due to similarity in spelling, rhyme or closeness in meaning. ‘Complementary’ gets written as ‘complimentary’. ‘Liable’ gets used where ‘likely’ would fit better. ‘Anxious’ is used where ‘Eager’ is desirable. More here.

Burden on those with lower standards:

Most writers assume that the reader would share their own standards of English and know the context in which they are writing. This may not always be true. The executive or shop floor person within your own organization may have a much lower standard than your own. And think about the problems of writing in today’s globalized environment.

Compare the following sentences –
1. Reading is hard; writing is harder.
2.  Reading is difficult; writing is more difficult than reading.

On first look, the first version appears better written than the second. It not only contains fewer words but fewer words with more than one syllable. Version 1 is brief, plain, direct, even slightly poetic. In contrast, the second is slow, pedestrian, and prosaic. Yet, people who read English as their second language would probably have more trouble with the first than the second. Why?

In the first, better-written version, the key word is hard, a word with several meanings. Here the writer has used it in the sense of ‘difficult’ in a metaphorical way. However, a person learning English is unlikely to know the metaphorical sense of hard as difficult. Nor would the bilingual dictionary such a person consults, list the “difficult” equivalent as the first meaning.

English is the first language of about 400 million people, but there are more than another billion people who speak it as a second language. This makes it necessary for global writers to use a style that reduces the burden of understanding on others.

Grammar

Errors of grammar increase the likelihood of confusion and also make the writer look uneducated to others. They also suggest that the person in not detail oriented. CEO of a CEO of iFixit, the largest online repair community, has gone so far as to say that he won’t hire anyone with poor grammar. He says, ‘Grammar is my litmus test. All applicants say they’re detail-oriented; I just make my employees prove it’.

Form & Usage

Along with grammar, bad form and usage also make a writer appear uneducated to others. Writing ‘I find it easy to pull up with you’ instead of ‘I find it easy to pull along with you’ will not endear you to your superiors.

Flexibility through variety

Brief, clear, correct and good form & usage is a winning combination, but even this is not the final or only criterion. Audience analysis has long been a basic principle of effective communication. You would adopt a completely different style of writing altogether when preparing research papers for the scientific or medical community than you would if you were writing the horse racing form guide. Matching writing style to audience is imperative.

So, what can we do about these aspects? I am delighted to present WriteEasy courses from Soluto Learning.

WriteEasy courses provide specific help in respect of all above elements of good English. The courses are completely web-enabled, highly interactive and focused for the needs of their respective segments.

WriteEasy Advanced helps reduce verbosity and improve clarity & flow whereas WriteEasy Essentials helps in correcting grammar and usage. Differences between various courses are here.

Other details, including a free Intro course, are at www.solutolearning.com.