by Tina He
“Learning no longer lives on an individual platform. Rather, learning happens everywhere. We’re entering a new age of ‘Embedded Education.’” — Tina He
Tina explains that “Embedded education is the practice of educating people through encounters that they already have with systems that exist primarily for non-educational purposes.” — Tina He
If you’re confused, don’t worry. Here are some examples that Tina references:
- How do you learn to invest in stocks? You could take an online class. Or you could just download Robinhood and dive in. Robinhood also launched “Robinhood Learn” and has a great podcast “Robinhood Snacks” to educate users/potential investors on investing basics.
- How do you build a website? You could learn how to code. Or you could sign up for Webflow and start building a website in minutes. Webflow doesn’t leave you in the dark, though. Similar to Robinhood they have Webflow University that educates users on how to use their product in a fun and engaging way.
*Disclaimer—neither Robinhood nor Webflow are paid sponsors of this newsletter. But shoot…slide into my inbox if you work there and are interested (on the low)*
Tina continues, “It’s not difficult to imagine that the more people acquire knowledge through using the platform, the more loyal and engaged they become, and eventually, the power users may even convert to ‘instructors’ and contribute back to the educational content library.”
“If the purpose of education is to inspire courage to expand our collective understanding of the world, the vision of Embedded Education is that every time we see something that inspires us, the path to actualizing this new-found dream starts right where we find it.” — Tina He
Powerful final point: “…Some of the most insurmountable barriers [aren’t] access to resources, but access to understanding…language, in the form of jargon, flowery rhetoric, and corporate buzzwords, has created walls that accrue knowledge and power. Embedded Education is an attempt to break down these walls, redistribute information and knowledge through what we already do every day.” — Tina He
My two cents: That last point in particular really brings Tina’s point home, in my opinion. Imagine a world that had 0 jargon. Or a world that gives the opportunity to learn the jargon immediately as you come across it. Lastly, I hope this final point doesn’t venture too far from Tina’s piece on embedded education, but I stand by the site Urban Dictionary SO confidently. It’s one of the best resources for getting a quick understanding of a word or phrase you don’t fully understand (aka jargon). Anyways, 2 cents? More like 50 cents. Apologies.
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