Nov 27, 2021 3 min read

#04 Cohortland Newsletter: How to stand out from hundreds of courses, US edtech company exposed data of 1.2M students

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1 - How to stand out from hundreds of online courses (an intro)

Two things to capture your audience's attention:

  • Landing page - setting the first impression
  • Course implementation - making good impression last

Both are very important to get students and make them a fan of your course.

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2 - Featured Courses

I. Start your 2022 by becoming a better storyteller.

Learn from the best! Win your audience's hearts and minds by telling a story that clicks! through this Story Skill Workshop with Bernadette Jiwa, Seth Godin, and Akimbo.

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Seth Godin and Bernadette Jiwa in Story Skill Workshop

Start Date: Jan 24
Price: $435

Reserve slot now

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II. What simple things you can do to live more sustainably?

Learn to live more sustainably in 6 weeks with this BIG SIX most impactful actions for reducing your carbon footprint. Scholarship and flexible timing are offered. Check it out~

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The Carbonauts 6-week course in reducing carbon footprints

Start Dates: Dec 1 / Jan 4 / Feb 2
Price: $79 - $219

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3 - Top News

I. US education software company exposed personal data of 1.2M students

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US Based Company exposed data of 1.2M students

This US based company manages students' data to process application for scholarships and college funding. Because of misconfigured Google Cloud Storage, it exposed personal data of thousands of applicants such as name, email addresses, even parent's education, income, personal experience like foster home or abusive situations—which is alarming as it contained financial documents like FAFSA including full Social Security numbers.

Thoughts? What current system should we change to prevent this data exposure from happening again?

Read the article from TechCrunch

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II. India to become the ed-tech capital of the world!

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This is the rise of edutainment, gamification, and hybrid ed-tech industry
  • India's edtech industry is expected to reach US$4B by 2025
  • Out of the US$4B valuation, US$1.5B will focus on K-12 through after-school and prep-courses
  • Byju leads the total ed-tech funding raise at 57%, followed by Unacademy and Vedantu

Thoughts? What can we learn from India's dedacorns and unicorns in terms of building our micro-school or edtech startup?

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III. FutureLearn commits to building world's biggest online climate curriculum

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Online Climate Change Courses are taking its haul!

FutureLearn's CEO, Simon Nelson said, “the economic impacts of climate change alone are going to be so big that every business will have to rethink itself”. McIlwain, second the motion and said it's something that will only come through learning.

Thoughts? What impact your course can bring to the world?

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Janica Solis
Janica Solis
Edtech enthusiast with 5y experience in education. Worked in an iNGO that promotes global education, and in Edtech startups that design bootcamps and online courses.

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