Edtech: local implementation versus global scaling

Very often, projects are developed according to their local contexts, but they face difficulties at a later stage when it is time to scale abroad. This is especially true in the case of ed-tech projects. So, in your opinion, should such initiatives be designed thinking locally or globally?

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Mvlakshhmi's picture
I think it makes good sense to design local end tech solutions....contexts, teaching environments, and learning aptitude vary from even from person to person...So it is wise to start local and based on the learning curve from different local experiences there could be required adaptions. This also cannot have a global model. At best we can have regional models.. According to my experience with my students and interactions with global networks...
reply - Jan 24, 2017
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Stephen Downes
My own view is that educational initiatives need to begin with the person, and therefore the context immediately surrounding that person. The idea of an educational solution that 'scales' in this context is therefore a bit misleading. We would not expect a person's wardrobe to 'scale', nor would we expect the selection of books in their home to 'scale'. Rather, instead of designing a single system of technology to educate people we develop what amounts to a supply chain, and enable the individual to make their own choices. With a global marketplace of learning services and resources, this approach opens a space for niche products and services. We would in the end see a mix of resources that have global appeal, and those designed for particular audiences, including those with particular interests, and those from a certain region or speaking a particular language.
reply - Jun 25, 2015
Brenda's picture
I'm of the view that edtech solutions need to be designed around the learning and contextual needs of the target user group. Once the project demonstrates impact it can be scaled to similar groups in other locations, minimizing cost of modifying content. Consider scaling regionally first before evaluating whether the core approach of the intervention is relevant in other global regions. An edtech project can reach millions without necessarily being global.
reply - Jun 12, 2015
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Shuqi Yao
As far as I know,the most important thing for the startups is to find your core value,is to make sure what is the trouble you are trying to fix,is to identify what kind of people you want to target.Make something that you want to use,something you will to pay for.The best product for yourself must also be the best thing for the people who have face the same problem with you.So when you really make something great,you may find that your target users is not only stay around you,but all throughout all over the word.A really brilliant global company is not the one who open a lot branches in many countries,but the one who come up with a brilliant product,helping people make their life better around the world.
reply - Jun 09, 2015
Tonee's picture
I think it makes sense to target your solution to your specific target group in place of building a 'global' solution first. This helps clear up the basics of what you are building, why, how it works and the most important part; what will be its impact. Once that is done, it can scale globally because there is really nothing 'global' about a solution except adaptation. Things that are global are simple and understandable with actuall and immediate impact. Any solution that does this, is easily a global solution.
reply - Jun 05, 2015