June 17, 2015
I don’t like when people say: “I’m just not creative”. It doesn’t make me mad, but that’s my least favorite phrase in the world because I think it’s a cop out. I’m here to tell all of you out there who think creativity is some grand, innate talent that it’s not: it’s entirely learnable, and you’re all creative – you just don’t know it yet.
There’s a team of Los Angeles entrepreneurs who would agree with me on that, and they launched their platform Kadenze to help people tap their creativity. Specifically, it was built with the express goal of bringing to life an online learning platform purpose-built for the arts and creative technologies.
More simply put, it’s an online portal to access university level arts and creative courses. And, dang, are there some powerhouse universities you can access through Kadenze:
- California Institute of the Arts
- Otis College of Art and Design
- California College of the Arts
- Emily Carr University of Art and Design
- School of the Art Institute Chicago
- Goldsmiths University of London
- Cornish College of the Arts
- Massachusetts College of Art and Design
The platform pairs students with instructors via a digital platform that supports an online, arts-based curriculum. It’s also open to learners from anywhere in the world, giving unprecedented access to educational resources some may never have dreamed they’d be able to attain.
“Many students who dream of studying creative arts and technology face crippling financial barriers, or simply don’t have access to educational opportunities,” says Dr. Ajay Kapur, Ph.D, CEO, and cofounder of Kadenze. “Whether they are trying to prepare for college, return to school, or simply expand their education, I believe that everyone should have access to the highest quality education available. Together with our strong academic partners, we strive to make that access a reality.”
There are also a three tiers of membership to suit specific student needs:
- Free: Enroll in any available course, watch video lectures, participate in forums
- Premiun: Submit assignments, receive grades, build and share portfolio and resume, receive discounts in the Kadenze bookstore, and take courses for credit
- Credit: Take courses for actual college credit – at launch, about half the courses in the Kadenze catalogue will be able to be taken for credit
The creators, Ajay and his partner Dr. Perry Cook, Ph.D., say that Kadenze fills a wide void in the online education world as there aren’t any arts focused platforms delivering the right experience or assets properly. So, they built the tech to enable media rich lessons and assignment submissions: there are even algorithms that analyze and measure students’ performance and progress as they complete courses.
“Kadenze offers students the opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in arts-focused education. We view ourselves as a bridge, and our goal is to connect students and institutions in a way that elevates everyone,” says Cook, Executive VP and cofounder. “We have worked hard to execute on our specific vision, and today we are honored to share Kadenze with the world.”
Maybe you didn’t pursue creative passions for fear of no salary, or perhaps it was an overbearing relative. Regardless, Kadenze could be a great way to reconnect with the creativity in your life.
And beyond that I’d compel you to consider the far reaching benefits this could have on other educational curriculums as well – it’s virtually limitless. I’m very excited to see how things go in the immediate and short term for Kadenze post launch.
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