What I’ve learned by teaching writing:
1) Writers block is easy to fix. You need a note-taking system and people to talk about ideas with.
2) Student satisfaction increases as they pay more.
3) The most successful students write every day and publish once per week.
4) Online education will move towards live instruction. Self-paced courses don’t work.
5) Writers need structure, accountability and community.
6) Great writers have a nose for interesting ideas.
7) Writing shouldn’t be a solo experience. It should be active and collaborative.
8) Education isn’t just about teaching. It’s about community. Great schools give people friends and mentors.
9) The internet is a gift for curious people. Writing online is the single best way to attract like-minded people.
10) The best students become community leaders.
11) People on Twitter under-estimate the importance of inspiration. Learning is hard. Teachers need to continuously inspire students.
12) Niche courses are exploding. The internet is a gift for people with obscure interests. Add on community and you’ll seriously change lives.
13) Mass-produced courses will be extrmely popular.
Basic courses like “Econ 101” and “Personal Finance “will be mass-produced.
They’ll be big budget courses with Hollywood-level production standards.
The best teachers will teach millions of students per year.
14) The trade off between size and quality will disappear.
Size will boost quality.
A school with thousands of students can offer live instruction to anybody in the world, no matter the time zone.
Live communities in major cities will spark friendships and accelerate learning.
15) Online courses aren’t about grades, motorizations, or test scores.
Students take responsibility for their own learning.
Real-world impact is the true measure of success.
16) Online courses shouldn’t be a passive experience.
They should be active and social.
Using platforms like Zoom, students can feel close to their teachers, chat with other students 1-on-1, and get instant feedback — all within a 60 minute session.
17) Learning is a social experience. You can’t just download information. You have to wrestle with ideas and make them your own.
18) Student debt is a tragedy.
19) People want high-leverage skills and high-paying jobs, but don’t want to pay a fortune for them.
20) Online education is for everybody now — not just tech geeks and early adopters.
Substack, Wikipedia, Unsplash, WordPress, Zoom, Keynote.
Professional tools are easy to use now.
By publishing online, everybody can build their own credentials.
A gift from Silicon Valley.
21) If you have writers block, speak into a microphone and transcribe your ideas.
22) If you want to write well, stop trying to write like your favorite novelist. Do this instead: write short sentences, use simple words, and write like you’re talking to a friend at a bar.
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