Scaling Motivation is Crucial to Democratizing Higher Education

Knowledge is progressively becoming free. But education isn’t.

When I entered higher education nearly 10 years ago, I did so because I believed we were at the precipice of the democratization of higher education. That self-paced AI-assisted high-quality education was a pin-drop away from truly revolutionizing higher education. And my biggest wakeup call over this past decade was the realization that access only does not motivation make.

That a library card has always been enough to self-educate. But that the vast majority of learners need a whole lot more than that.

The takeaway? For those like myself with rose-colored lenses through which we read the latest EdTech news, we must always question whether these evolutions, whether these new pedagogies, whether these new technologies, whether this new access – actually seek to improve intrinsic motivation. Because that self-motivation is the crux necessary for student success.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.