26 minutes | Oct 27th 2020

13. Educational Technology

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In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by JP Beaudry, Vice President of Engineering at edX, as they explore the history of educational technology.In 2012, edX published their very first online course called ‘Circuits and Electronics’. More than 155 000 learners signed up and over 7200 passed this rigorous MIT course. To fully understand this number - it would take an MIT professor over 35 years to teach this many students in person. This course alone has reached nearly half a million learners since.The internet brought in a watershed moment by lowering the barrier of entry to education and allowing world-wide access to information. Education technology has seen an unprecedented rise since, and the Covid crisis seems to have only amplified the demand.Tune in for this episode, as JP and Padraig explore the evolution of educational technology - from the invention of the printing press to the first iterations of distance learning to the highly complex technology at play today.We hope you enjoy listening and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
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