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The vibrant ecosystem of community-produced learning content

Today Martin Weller wrote that, while the open source movement is a wildly successful model for producing software, we “haven’t really cracked a community based production model for learning content”. David Wiley followed up to say that, given our lack of progress in this area since the 90’s, he believes there’s “a good argument to be made that a community based production model for learning content isn’t actually possible.

Do better work

I want you to do better work. I joke that my hobby is talking people out of going to law school. It’s a joke because it gets a chuckle, but it’s not really a joke because I do actually take every chance I get to talk people out of going to law school.

Project Euler Problem 8: Largest Product in a Series

When I first learned to program I didn’t explore too much. I played it safe. I took things I knew how to do and I applied those to each new problem I found, no matter how well suited the solution actually was to the problem.

The Bitterness Trap

I got my start in computing early because my dad was disabled. He had a degenerative nerve disease and at some point, maybe when I was five or six, my clumsy little kid hands got better at wrangling computer parts than his own traitorous hands.

The Hand Raiser Problem and Inequality

While I was at Thinkful our instructional design and features evolved a lot. At the beginning things were simple. The curriculum was plain text (a Google doc we shared) that curated 3rd-party resources and “explained” (in a way that will make instructional designers cringe) the remaining topics.
Grae Drake

Grae Drake




I’m working to scale one-to-one learning.

In 1984 Benjamin Bloom described the “ Two Sigma Problem", noting that students tutored with one-to-one techniques performed two standard deviations better than students in a traditional class.

He also dismissed large-scale one-to-one learning as “too costly” and not “realistic".

I believe Bloom was right about the effectiveness of one-to-one learning, but wrong about scalability. I’m building tools to prove that scalable, accessible one-to-one learning is possible today.