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

Prose and Cons: A Year of Reading

One of my goals in 2021 was to read 52 books. Having reached that milestone, it’s a bit of a relief to pause and reflect. When I set out on this journey, I saw it as a way to be more intentional about my time. Looking back on the year, I’m grateful for the experience, … Continue Reading

Nine Steps EdTech Can Take to Catalyze Education Research

Reading up on the Futures Forum EdTech Tools Competition has prompted me to think about the best ways that different organizations can contribute to the field of learning engineering, and in particular, a more vibrant and open education research ecosystem. I’ve come to appreciate that this is a complex, multi-faceted problem. This post is my … Continue Reading

What’s the Best Time of Day to Learn?

This piece gets into nitty gritty details, so here’s a quick summary of what lies ahead: Claims you can find on the internet about specific “optimal” time windows for learning are misleading. The efficiency of different learning tasks may “peak” at different times during the day, so even at an individual level, there is no … Continue Reading