EdTech Insights

We asked leading disruptors in the space to give some insights on how they see the sector now and in the future.

 Andy Parker Students Success & Careers, Udacity

Andy Parker
Students Success & Careers, Udacity

 Richard Oki CEO & Co-founder, LearnerLane

Richard Oki
CEO & Co-founder, LearnerLane

 Vivi Freidgut CEO & Founder, Blackbullion

Vivi Freidgut
CEO & Founder, Blackbullion

Here are their answers:

What will the education sector look like in 25 years?

Andy: Education needs to become more accessible, more affordable, and more relevant. I believe we’ll see greater choice and flexibility in how and when people learn (think virtual reality) and the content and method of delivery will be highly tailored to the individual. The best educators will be teaching content that has a tangible impact on the life and careers of their students.

Richard: Globalisation. Language learning will be accessible online, for every student from native speakers. I believe that cultures across the world will become interconnected and there will be a real focus on cultural collaboration in education. Just imagine a student from inner London had the ability to learn French from a native student or tutor with the click of his finger – that’s the future.

Vivi: I don’t know what the system will look like but I can only hope teachers are better respected, better paid and better supported to experiment with different technologies, tools, devices and pedagogical theories in order to help shape future proof minds.

What has to be changed in the education sector right now?

Andy: I feel too many people find themselves in education without understanding WHY they are doing it. This needs to change. In my opinion, learning needs to be either a form of entertainment or for a specific purpose; most likely life/career related. Currently, I observe too many situations where people are taking education because it’s what’s expected of them or due to societal norms. This is a waste of time and talent and there needs to be more awareness of the alternatives.

Richard: Access is still a major problem. As long as good education isn’t accessible for every student this will always be the big issue. At LearnerLane we aim to increase the supply of quality online tutors in the world thus reducing the cost overtime and making this scarce resource more accessible for the masses.

Vivi: We need an education sector that better prepares students for a lifetime of uncertainty and lifelong learning because that only thing that is certain about what comes next is that we have no idea what comes next.

Which entrepreneur from a different sector do you most admire? Why?

Andy: Brian Chesky of AirBnB is someone who fascinates me. His relentless pursuit of the vision despite huge debts, countless rejection, regulations and other setbacks is beyond what would be considered reasonable by most people. His leadership and growth as a person alongside the growth of his company is truly impressive.

Richard: In all honesty I’m not a fan of any one particular entrepreneur, I have multiple entrepreneurs who I admire for different reasons. I’m not sure if this is allowed, but I’d say the Paypal Mafia. The team showed hustle, determination and endurance (the Paypal mafia went on to create Youtube, Linkedin, SpaceX/Tesla, 500Startups, Yelp, Yammer and more). These dudes made a big impact on the world today.

Vivi: I am a fan of the founders of Atlassian; Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar – they built something new, against the grain, against the rules, revenue first, no arseholes allowed… top blokes who built a world-class business through self belief and sheer determination.