How can students start up an organization?
I am planning to make an organization where people can support online learning, like Khan Academy, edX, and Coursera. I already have a plan of how to make a website and stuff, but I don't know if this is an organization, company, or charity. This plan also involves donating money. Right now I just don't know how to make this plan into a reality. I don't know where I should start. #online-learning #start-ups #self-starter
Jennifer Jortner Cassidy
I am going to respectfully disagree with the previous answer a bit, as there is huge value in online learning as it can open doors to people who normally might not have an opportunity to learn. This is not to say that human interaction is not important - ideally there is a blend of online and F2F. For example, I am currently in a graduate program which is mostly online but we had a 1 week on campus residency last summer for the face-to-face interaction.
Anyway, I think the key will be to differentiate yourself. The organizations that you mention already do this quite well - so what will be the thing that makes you stand out? Perhaps you can find people who have done this so you can talk to them about how to get started. Also, is there an opportunity for you to teach an online course on one of these platforms so you get a feel for the process and experience?
I hope that this is helpful and am eager to follow your progress as well.
I disagree with the trend toward online learning.
Online learning definitely has it's drawbacks, as it does not allow for personal interaction which is very important in learning and in living. We, as a society are becoming too dependent upon electronic media, and need to return to interpersonal interaction.
We are becoming less able to successfully navigate in the world effectively using person to person spoken and written communication .
Here are an interesting sites that will back up my statement:
Let me know if and how this helps.
You can start by creating a simple website explaining your idea to the world and adding an email sign up so that you can reach people with more updates.
You can start accepting donations with Paypal.
You can apply for a non profit exemption with the IRS which is not hard to do.
Lev recommends the following next steps: