What EdTech Can Learn From The World’s Biggest Battery

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Apparently, Elon Musk didn’t take a summer break. Learnosity’s Ben Dawe looks at what the entrepreneur’s latest project can teach edtech.


South Australians were electrified, figuratively speaking, by the announcement last July that Elon Musk was planning to build the world’s biggest battery to help solve, or at least alleviate, their power woes.

Having promised to deliver the giant battery within 100 days (though perhaps not as straightforward a guarantee as it first appears), work is now well underway at the site.

Which is just as well since Musk, already something of a technology messiah through the Tesla and SpaceX innovations, is quoted as offering the solution for free should it not be delivered on schedule.

This exciting development got me thinking. It has a number of useful takeaways for all educational technologists:

1. To Make a Difference, Solve One Piece of the Puzzle Really Well

Elon’s big battery will power South Australia for a critical backup piece of its energy requirement – but not all. In Learnosity’s context, co-founders Mark Lynch and Gavin Cooney can often be heard describing our product as “an inch wide and a mile deep.”

In tackling pluggable online assessment, Learnosity has carved out a best-in-show service that handles one key pillar of learning solutions without attempting to master them all. With close to 25 million users on the books, this strategy has paid a dividend in both company growth and a focus on excellence.

2. Be Pluggable

Elon’s big battery will literally plug into the power grid when required. By the same token, Learnosity is a part of the API Economy, and operates as a pluggable solution inside a client’s browser. The combined smarts of over 40 software engineers have ensured this capability through countless hours of development.

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As a result, Learnosity powers its clients’ products and businesses, but without seeking a slice of brand equity. Now with over 70 clients worldwide across K-12, Corporate, and Higher Education-facing markets, it’s clear that white label solutions like Learnosity help content and learning companies focus on what they do best.

3. To Go Big, Do the Math First

Elon’s big battery is built on a logic that says “it hasn’t been done before – but with the right resources and investment, it can be done”. In educational technology, if a service is not scalable it probably isn’t going to make much of a splash in the marketplace.

Over the last decade, Learnosity has evolved from a consultancy to a SaaS model through making hard decisions early on. This has involved a process of scaffolding out of scalability in both design thinking and investment. With 45 million assessments delivered per month, we’re providing education with its own kind of power.

Feature image courtesy of Sven Brandsma | Unsplash.


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