I want to help Indian students , parents and teachers discover high quality free online content, mapped to the syllabus, so they can do well on their exams – and discover the joy of learning !
I want to fund a social impact entrepreneur who will implement this.
There is a lot of free high quality educational content, but Indian parents aren’t aware of this. This is partly because
1. They think free is of no value
2. EdTech startups sell aggressively , which is why they occupy mind-share
3. This resource needs to be marketed well , so that it goes viral.
If parents can get high quality free content, why will they waste their hard-earned money ? Why do they confuse price with quality ?
The site should be a guide to the tons of free high quality content availaable online. This should be curated, and users should be encouraged to rate the content. This content could be in the form of
E-learning courses ( MOOCs)
We need to provide varying levels of detail and granularity . It should me mapped to the syllabus. It should allow people to browse ( like DMOZ), as well as to search. It should be as easy to use as Google; and also serve as an EduWiki so users can contribute
Who are we targetting ?
The user persona is my car driver
Lower middle class
Rs 25000 salary pm
Wants to give his children a better future
Not sure what to do
Vulnerable and gullible
Gets cheated by ads
This resource should be valuable during the many points of a student’s journey
When they want to explore their personal interests ( for example, learn more about dinosaurs, just for the heck of it !)
Flipped classroom teaching – prior to the class
Post classroom – to reinforce what they have learnt
Our role will be that of a guide.
The end goal is to to nudge students into becoming self-learners
In order to grow this, we need engaged volunteers, who will create awareness about this free resource, and contribute to it.
Getting celebrity endorsements will help !
I have a hunch this will be useful , but in order to prove it, we need to run experiments.
Start small – for example, cover only 5th grade maths initially, and go deep.
We will make mistakes. The plan is to learn from these , and then grow this for other subjects; and then for other grades
We also need to engage teachers ! They need to validate our efforts and contribute to them.
We can generate revenue to make this sustainable by offering online paid tutoring. If students do this ( peer to peer), this will be low cost. Teachers can charge what they feel works for them.
I am an active angel investor who funds frugal innovation.
I want you to set milestones , so I can fund this in tranches
Proof of concept for a single subject in a single grade
Then do this for all the subjects in the grade
Then for K-12
I have a budget carved out for this, so funds aren’t an issue
How would you go about doing this ?
How would you define success ?
Looking for a missionary social impact edutech founder
I am happy to engage with failed Edutech startup founders !
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org