Online Education should be inspired by Video Games
The evolution of education is an interesting one to watch. We have several experiments going on (treehouse, coursera, edX and others), each of them producing some interesting numbers I’m sure. Numbers I do not have visibility into. From observing friends and family and my own behavior, I am going to go ahead though and place a strong bet: The percentage of people signing up for an online course and actually finishing it is probably in the low single digits.
So what would get me more interested in finishing my course? The same thing that gets me to finish that video game I bought last week: Easy on-boarding, a painless way to save my progress, getting roped right back into where I was, even after being absent for some time and hearing from my friends how awesome this gets down the...