An anonymous reader writes: Anant,
General question: how can we get Foundations and other funders to look beyond the current landscape, and fund real online educational platform innovation?
I have been a long time proponent of online education, heavily involved in the early years — and continuing through today of Open Educational Resources,including online education.
Given that edX, Khan Academy, various other MOOCs, etc are all streaming linear video, and many foundations are funding same, how is it that new platforms/technology that vastly improves the interactivity of online video, as well as its accessibility, have such a hard time getting funded by the Foundations most heavily involved in online education (e.g. Gates, Hewlett, etc).
Example: I have consulted for an entrepreneur (who has already built and sold one company to Motorola, and was funded by Draper, Fisher, Jervetson) who has created online platform technology that turns streaming video into linkable objects — imagine every object on the screen in a Khan Academy video as a *linkable objects*, enabling immediate access to online tutors; peer interaction; micro-assessments; **at any point in a lesson, in real time**. Also, imagine a platform (because the content is presented as objects, instead of frames) that can reach *any* student on earth regardless of bandwidth — i.e. bandwidth access is no longer a problem. This platform could increase student interactivity by an order of magnitude and it eliminates the serious problem of bandwidth constraint — and many other advantages.
Is there a way to get through to Foundations via edX. We have spoken to principles at Hewlett and Gates, but they have put their chips on Khan and the MOOCs. btw, we can convert standard video fare to this platform, giving all online content the advantages I just mentioned.