Michael Karnjanaprakorn runs a startup that reverses an old adage and turns doers into teachers, letting them sign up to host a class on any skill. Some of his classes are both online and in person, while others are only in person.
"At Skillshare," he says, "That's exactly what we're trying to figure out: how that hybrid model of online and offline actually works. When I taught an online Skillshare class to 500 students, a lot of them were also meeting at in-person study groups to workshop ideas with one another. The connections and trust built through those physical interactions are very powerful.
"... Online learning has evolved around watching videos, which isn't engaging. Skillshare teachers have learned that teaching isn't really about teaching. A lot of them will tell students to read articles or watch videos before class, and then they'll meet for a workshop and sit down with students to make something together. A lot of the classes are very interactive like that, more than just a teacher lecturing."
Graduates from VCU Brandcenter
Moves to New Orleans; works at ad agency Trumpet and volunteers at Idea Village
Moves to NYC; helps Scott Belsky launch Behance think-tank, 99%
Launches The Feast Conference with fellow MCP Jerri Chou because he couldn't afford tickets to TED
Plays in the World Series of Poker and raises over $125,000 for charity
Facebook acquires social app Hot Potato, where he led the product team
Starts Skillshare in November
Skillshare goes live in April
Selected as TED Fellow