Hi all, this may be a bit off-topic, but I’m interested in investigating whether or not the co-working business model could be replicated for co-learning. I understand many co-working spaces have educational programming, and I have paid attention to WeWork’s recent acquisitions of FlatIron and 2U, but I’m curious about the prospect of creating spaces (co-learning, as well as co-living, perhaps) designed primarily for non-traditional learners - who study online, enroll in coding bootcamps, etc. As a Higher Ed consultant and innovator, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that the university will “unbundle” - students will take a course here, and do a bootcamp there - but ultimately, people still want a space to congregate, to have in-person instruction, to forge deep bonds, etc.
I’ve worked for a couple years at Duet in Boston, which rents space from the CIC, so I’ve seen it work, but I’m curious to hear people’s thoughts on the idea. Who else is trying it? What might be some unanticipated obstacles? Who should I talk to?
Would love to hear people’s thoughts!