Coulson on EdTech Evaluation

maturing an industry

About Me

This blog is not a diary, or news articles. It is a framework of thought which will eventually be published as an e-book. So, feel free to browse the older posts!

I’m a PhD program dropout, and that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing now. I spent 17 years in manufacturing engineering after dropping out — because it sure seemed more fun than finishing that PhD (sorry UCLA Physics Department). Yeah, you, ’82-’84. The world of work seemed SO much more interesting and rewarding than the world of academics and research that I experienced in school. I realized years later that I (and most my fellow grad students) had resorted to a default mode of cramming information we didn’t properly understand — but that we could still score well on.

No fun. Not transferable to other domains. Not even memorable. A waste of a lot of resources, time, effort!

So when they picked the other guy to be CEO at my firm (yeah, you Monitor Labs), I quit and went to seek my calling in the improve-education market. I was pre-aimed towards animated visualizations of the gobbledygook on Gutenberg-era pages, and, fortunately, I quickly was introduced to the founders of a leading edge on the planet in visualizations as applied to early math education.

I have 15 years of experience at MIND Research Institute,, as General Manager, Chief Strategist, and ‘Evaluations Architect’ (my fave but in its infancy). MIND is a non-profit math software publisher and researcher. I bring the experience of dropping out (in my 20’s on Quantum Electro-Dynamics taught by a Nobel laureate) and feel I can empathize with children to whom basic math makes no sense. I bring the experience of the world of work, and what adds value there (pro-tip: visual thinking and visual problem-solvers).

I’m writing this blog, hopefully (and I’m using that word properly here), to begin sparking a more nuanced and wide, and deep, conversation in education about the potential for powerful, effective, robust and scalable, real-world solutions — in an ecuation domain that despairs of their very existence.

Twitter @AndrewRCoulson.

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