Educational Technology

June 25, 2016

ALEX Wants to Fill Classrooms Like Airbnb Fills Beds

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

“In a world where we can place people in empty seats in cars and empty beds in houses, why not place people in empty chairs in college classrooms?” That’s what a team of Harvard University students say about their new start-up called ALEX (Anyone’s Learning EXperience). The students recently won a Public Sector Innovation Award for their work from the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. The idea behind ALEX is this: Universities and colleges with empty seats in some of their courses make those available through the site, and employers that want employees to obtain continuing education can subsidize enrollment for their people. The platform matches company need with excess classroom capacity.

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