In this article from A16z, the author discussed the 3 phases in online learning in the US.
Here’s a quick recap of the 3 phases, according to the authors:
Phase 1: MOOCs (Massive Online Open courses): referring to university-style courses such as those offered by Coursera, MIT Open courses, etc.
Phase 2: Built tools & resources that support in-person tutoring.
This phase includes softwares in 3 sub categories:
- Learning management systems (LMS): for admin-related work
- Pre-recorded content: such as YouTube, Khan Academy, Duolingo, etc.
- In my opinions, we should have a new category to include self-study learning software such as Duolingo, ABC Mouse, etc. b/c their content are way more dynamic and customized than pre-recorded videos.
- Tutoring & tutor-matching platforms: facilitating online tutoring & students-tutors matching. Exs include PhotoMath, Brainly, etc.