“Are you going to charge for access to ConnectEd Studios?” As the saying goes, if I had a nickel for every time I was asked that question I’d be a very rich man. Trust me when I say that the ConnectEd team has wrestled with this question over the last few years.
As a nonprofit with a mission to build up and support the Linked Learning field, we have not wanted to charge for ConnectEd Studios, because we wanted to make it as easy as possible for those in the field to access and use our tools and resources to develop high-quality pathways. We know that this approach is working; in each of the last three years, ConnectEd Studios users have doubled.
Yet, we now find ourselves needing to diversify our funding and pursue earned revenue whenever possible. To remain a healthy and viable organization, it makes sense for us to use the expertise and valuable tools we’ve developed to both generate revenue and fulfill our mission and vision to serve students and educational leaders.