How to Catch a ChatGPT Cheat: 7 Practical Tips

Like so many people, I’ve been surprised and baffled by ChatGPT. It generates coherent responses to a huge array of prompts. The technology threatens the written assignment as a means of developing and assessing the type of “21st century” skills that are (at least for now) essential in so many jobs.  The thing is this: … Continue Reading

Leveraging learning science for better health workforce development

I’ve written previously about why it’s so hard to create highly effective online learning experiences. Online learning poses big challenges to learners in developing countries, where the average completion rate of massive open online courses is well under 5% [1]. Over the past 18 months, working with a client, I’ve been prototyping and evaluating a … Continue Reading

Market Design Meets Philanthropy

There are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States alone. Faced with so many choices, how do donors find the “right” nonprofit to support? Might there be better and more efficient ways for donors to identify organizations that are doing great work on causes that they care about? Market design theory provides some … Continue Reading

Inventing New Markets in Online Learning

There’s strong evidence that new markets can be invented that anchor financial incentives to public goods. In some cases, markets can achieve public goods more efficiently than top-down approaches. It’s worth contemplating whether new market-like mechanisms could create incentives to spur innovations that increase the quality and drive down the cost of online learning. Existing … Continue Reading

On O-rings and Online Learning

Key Points There are many different components that must come together to create high-quality online learning. Overall quality can be modeled as the product of the quality of each of these components. Huge gains in overall quality can be achieved through incremental improvements to the individual components. Major breakthroughs in online learning could happen through … Continue Reading