OpenLearning Platform (NSW) – 2013 Anthill SMART 100

OpenLearning Platform (NSW) – 2013 Anthill SMART 100

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1. THE BEGINNING

This innovation came to life when…

UNSW Associate Professor Richard Buckland found that his students were bored and unmotivated by all the existing online learning platforms. Richard teamed up with some UNSW alumni to develop a new kind of online learning platform.

2. WHAT & HOW

The purpose of this innovation is to…

OpenLearning is a social and collaborative online learning platform that motivates and engages students to learn and help others.

It does this by…

Building a community around the course through a range of features such as ubiquitous commenting, keeping track of progress, gamification, rich activities and group work. Teachers can easily create their courses on the OpenLearning Platform to take advantage of these features.

3. PURPOSE & BENEFITS

This innovation improves on what came before because…

It provides a far better learning experience to the student and better interaction and engagement for the teacher.

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4. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

In the past, this problem was solved by…

Face-to-face learning in small groups; however it is increasingly difficult to get everyone in the same place at the same time.

Its predecessors/competitors include…

Blackboard, Moodle, Coursera, Desire2Learn, Udacity, EdX

5. TARGET MARKET

This innovation is made for…

Teachers, professors, organisations and companies looking to teach/train people online.

6. DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY

It is available for sale through…

Software as a service application available through openlearning.com.

Our marketing strategy is to…

Have a range of engaging, free, open online courses that benefit the world and increase familiarity with our platform.

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This SMART 100 profile and the information it contains is a duplication of content submitted by the applicant during the entry process. As a function of entry, applicants were required to declare that all details are factually correct, do not infringe on another’s intellectual property and are not unlawful, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, obscene, or otherwise objectionable. Some profiles have been edited for reasons of space and clarity.

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