How's your June been?
This month, I have good news and bad news to share with you.
Let's start with the good news.
I have been making good progress in getting the Tutorpass platform into shape. To date, I have introduced automated testing, tidied up a lot of messy code and started work on an interesting short-form video capture feature.
Everything is starting to feel a bit more stable and ready for the real-world.
Now for the bad news.
Unfortunately, On Deck ended the Course Creator programme I was on after its first iteration. With their latest round of funding, they've shifted their focus to creating the best possible startup network accelerator. As a result, they will not continue planning any more creator-focused programs. Despite the relative success of ODCC, On Deck now offers an EdTech programme which appears to be a natural successor.
I was excited to be a member of a growing community and looked forward to welcoming more members with each successive cohort. Sadly, this no longer will be the case.
Please get in touch if you plan on using ODCC's blueprint to shape the future of education in a different capacity — I'd love to hear all about it.
Here's what I want to share with you this month:
Embracing the decline of a community: Developing an engaged online community is increasingly becoming a crucial business driver. When done well, it becomes a strategic moat that is difficult to replicate. However, over time, communities can also decline in value because of several reasons. Here’s my essay on the best way of dealing with this when it happens.
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Social spontaneity in online learning communities: Before being in the press for contested reasons, Houseparty was an overnight sensation. Millions gathered spontaneously with their friends to carry out their usual social activities on the app. Here’s my essay on how we can replicate this spontaneity in online learning communities.
How to explain things better in your online course: The difference between excellent and poor teachers is how they explain the theories and techniques that make up their subject. In short, if you can’t explain it clearly, you don’t understand it well enough. Here's my essay on how you can start presenting your explanations better.
Thanks for reading. Until next month.