Online learning isn’t just for students. With a YouTube link, you can take free guitar lessons, learn to bake, understand your taxes or figure out why your car is making noise.
Why not free, open-source learning for people interested in education choice? Of course!
3-minute Informational Videos for Education Advocates
Enter the Opportunity Learning Hub – an effort launched today by ExcelinEd. The Opportunity Learning Hub draws its inspiration from Khan Academy, which produces free lessons in math, history, science and dozens of other subjects, reaching more than 12 million video viewers per month. Our goal in serving the education choice community is to create quick, efficient videos for people interested in policies that expand educational opportunity.
Just like Khan Academy, Opportunity Learning Hub videos will be sequenced to allow the user to learn as much, or as little, as desired. At Khan Academy, a user can watch a brief 5-minute video on polynomials or do an entire study of Algebra I for free. Similarly, the Opportunity Learning Hub will enable a user to watch a brief 3-minute video on a topic of interest or watch hours of content to become a more proficient advocate for education choice.
Opportunity Learning Hub Topics
Here are a few examples of topics we’re addressing in the Opportunity Learning Hub:
- What is a Blaine Amendment?
- What impact do choice programs have on students who remain in public schools?
- How are charter schools held accountable?
- What’s the difference between an ESA, tax-credit scholarship and voucher?
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The first set of videos are now available, and we plan to post dozens of new videos each year. This project embraces open-source learning: there are no advertisements, paywalls, subscriptions or email addresses/logins necessary. Feel free to embed the videos in your blogs, use them to answer questions and offer them as professional development to on-board new advocates.
Our hope is that this effort contributes to the collective knowledge within the education choice community. As before, you can still find valuable and in-depth information across our policy briefs, blogs, media toolkits and annual reports as well as in panel presentations and discussions with policy experts throughout the year.
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Opportunity Learning Hub is right at your fingertips, 24 hours a day. Take a look, and if you have a topic you’d like covered, let us know. And if you ask us a question that we know others are also wondering about, the answer might just make its way into a video!
About the author
Adam Peshek @AdamPeshek
Adam Peshek is Managing Director of Opportunity Policy at ExcelinEd, where he provides strategic support to state leaders interested in developing, adopting, and implementing policies that increase educational options for children. He has provided expert testimony in more than a dozen state legislatures and is a frequent commentator on ESAs, school choice, and education policy across the country. He is also the is the co-editor of the first published volume on ESAs, Education Savings Accounts: The New Frontier in School Choice. Adam currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is a Senior Fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee.