#235 – Pioneering Educational Models
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What’s in this episode?
This episode was recorded for the Reimagine Education Conference 2021 with Lumina Foundation and Bloom Institute of Technology (formerly known as Lambda School) and is all about pioneering new education models.
In this episode, we chat about
- The value of credentials and why they matter
- Whether regulation is fit for new business models to evolve
- Whether there is a risk of the ‘haves and have nots” aligning with campus / virtual ed
- How to ensure equal scrutiny of all education models to ensure value for the learner
Listen in as we explore how higher education might reorient itself around new financial models.
Courtney Brown, Ph.D, is vice president of strategic impact and planning for Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. As the chief data and research officer, Brown oversees the foundation’s efforts in strategic planning, learning, impact, and effectiveness. She also leads Lumina’s international engagement. Brown works to ensure Lumina stays focused on the impact of its work to increase educational opportunities beyond high school for all, but specifically for Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and adults. Brown works across the Foundation using evidence and data to continuously improve current work and plan for future direction. She has decades of experience and is a frequent speaker and writer on postsecondary data, evaluation, performance measurement and strategic planning. Dr. Brown received her B.A from James Madison University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Austen Allred is the co-founder and CEO of Lambda School. A native of Springville, Utah, Austen’s start-up journey began in 2017 with him living in his two-door Civic while participating in Y Combinator, a San Francisco-based seed accelerator. This experience became the foundation of Lambda School’s rapid growth.
Before founding Lambda School, Austen was the co-founder of media platform GrassWire. He co-authored the growth hacking textbook Secret Sauce, which became a best-seller and provided him the personal seed money to build Lambda.
Austen’s disruptive ideas on the future of education, the labor market disconnect, and the opportunity of providing opportunity at-scale have been featured in: The Harvard Business Review, The Economist, WIRED, Fast Company, TechCrunch, The New York Times, among others. Austen is fluent in Russian and currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and two kids. You can find him on Twitter.
Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast | Twitter: @podcastedtech
Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie has spoken and moderated at a variety of events including SXSW EDU, Yidan Education Prize, ASU GSV Summit, and the Next Billion Edtech Summit. She is an industry mentor and advisor, including to the UCL Knowledge Lab initiative EDUCATE, a Reimagine Education, GESA Awards, Bett Awards and XPrize Adult Literacy judge, and previous Edtech50 and Edtech Digest winner.
Sophie is passionate about lifelong and everyday learning. If she’s not interviewing a University Vice-Chancellor, Edtech Investor, School Leader, or StartUp about education innovation, she’s engrossed in Teach Your Monster to Read or wrestling her lockdown baby. A keen cyclist, she has recently relocated to West Devon which she considers the English version of the Pyrenees.
- Busuu – Website link
- Chegg – Twitter
- Chegg buys London-based language learning platform Busuu for €385m – Article from UK Tech News
- Bernhard Niesner (CEO & Co-Founder of Busuu) – Twitter
- An honest conversation about AI in education – Link to past episode on The Edtech Podcast with Bernhard Niesner, Nov 2018
- WISDOM – Twitter
- Kirsten Campbell-Howes (Chief Learning Officer of Busuu) – Twitter
- TECgirls – Twitter
- James Plunkett – Twitter
- End State: 9 Ways Society is Broken – and how we can fix it – Waterstones link to book written by future guest James Plunkett (mentioned by Sophie)
- The VocTech Podcast Series – Link to episodes
- Reimagine Education Awards – Twitter
- Reimagine Education Conference – Website
- The Lumina Foundation – Website
- Lambda School (Now known as Bloom Institute of Technology) – Twitter
- Dr Courtney Brown – LinkedIn
- Dr Courtney Brown – Twitter
- Lumina Foundation – Website
- Lumina Foundation – Twitter
- Austen Allred – LinkedIn
- Austen Allred – Twitter
- Bloom Institute of Technology (fka Lambda School) – Website link
- Bloom Institute of Technology – Twitter
- EY Parthenon – Twitter
- USC Pushed a $115,000 Online Degree. Graduates Got Low Salaries, Huge Debts – link to Wall Street Journal report on USC debt mentioned by Austen Allred
- Guild Education – Twitter
- MasterClass – Twitter
- Blinkist – Twitter
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