Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • coralk 3:19 pm on November 25, 2012
    1 votes

    My fictional venture is ExamScan, a security system for online assessment that incorporates Iris Scanning technology.     In some ways I feel that this type of venture is ahead of its time, however as biometric security systems become more commonplace, it could have a significant use for education provided proper security assurances for students […]

    Continue reading ExamScan Posted in: Venture Forum
    • jenbarker 12:16 pm on November 26, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Coral,
      I liked your Elevator Pitch. Your venture is Interesting and original and I believe there is a market. Your Venture Pitch was excellent. You included all of the necessary facets and your use of text and visual graphics such as graphs were attractive, easy to read and understanding. My only suggestion would be to add a bit more information about you CEO teams background which would give more credibility to them being able to champion such a venture. Thanks for sharing your pitches. Best, Jen

    • joeltremblay 4:43 pm on November 26, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Coral,
      This is a brilliant, if big brotherly, idea. Great venture and elevator!

    • Paula Poodwan 5:20 pm on November 26, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Coral,

      I’m not one of your reviewers but curious to see what your venture is all about. I absolutly agree with Joel ‘s comment above that your venture is briilaint, and it is quite innovative. As online learning is becoming more and more accepted these days and everywhere too, not just North America , I’m very sure that there will be a market for your venture. Good thinking, well done!

    • Jenny Brown 10:22 pm on November 26, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      I felt your elevator pitch was very concise and covered all of the important aspects of a successful pitch – well done!

      I also really enjoyed your prezi presentation and I am not a huge fan of prezi but yours was clear, concise and well laid out. I really don’t have any suggestions for improving your venture pitch except maybe showing pictures of the team?

      As an EVA currently enrolled in an online Masters program, one of my concerns was the fact that I live in Calgary and would have to fly to Vancouver to have an Iris Scan done, this would be a deterrent for me especially if this would be the case for all online courses that I take through different institutions. I would consider investing in this venture after a careful read through a detailed business plan.

    • tomwhyte1 1:43 pm on November 27, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      To facilitate and objectively review the venture pitch you have put forward, I will be utilizing the guidelines provided within our course, Section 2.7 – Deconstructing a Pitch.

      CEO & Team:

      From the provided elevator pitch, the CEO for ExamScan exudes confidence in their venture. However, specific information regarding the overall teams abilities to manage a start-up company and deal with obstacles that will occur, especially considering privacy and legal rights, is hard to determine at this time. Therefore, before pursuing formal investment, further investigation in this area would need to occur.

      Venture Concept:

      Based upon a quick search, it appears that this is a unique and innovative approach for the use of biometrics, and that institutions and agencies are currently using various devices, including handheld technology to do iris scans (, making this venture not only possible but feasible. Furthermore, significant research has been conducted, which not only demonstrates the possibility of this product working, but the potential need for it within distance education courses. Lastly, the recognition of cheating in various educational environments has been on the rise recently, and it is possible that ExamScan could deter this from occurring.


      ExamScan did a good job providing information regarding the potential market that could access this service. However more information regarding the number of schools that still utilize traditional assessment (multiple choice, T/F/, etc), instead of constructivist exercises would also be needed, as other forms of assessment would also greatly reduce potential cheating, as these other assessment strategies are very time consuming and require a strong knowledge of the material to develop any meaningful artifact. Regardless, if ExamScan can show proof of concept, those schools still utilizing traditional approaches could still represent a significant share of the market making this service potential viable. In terms of innovative advantage, ExamScan is on the cutting edge of biometric utilization within a distance education environment. It is important that one realize though, being the leader in this market may ensure increased market share and potential revenue, it means more risks in an unproven market place, an issue that may scare away potential investors.

      Venture Plan:

      Based upon the provided information, ExamScan has been in operation since 2011, however no specific implementation of services was provided. Therefore, it would be essential to know where in the process ExamScan is? Is the biometric software still in beta testing, or have they begun developing partnerships with industry distance education leaders? Information that would need to be provided, before investing occured.

      Lastly, as was mentioned in the presentation, the legal issues surrounding the collection, storage, and use of Iris prints is a major hurdle to overcome. ExamScan has done a decent job, providing information as to where and how this data will be stored, which does alleviate some of the concerns. However, if this venture is successful, more data centers will exist, and potentially cross international borders, where data comes under different laws, and then different problems. Lastly, some students partake in online courses who are under the age of 18, would the inclusion of this technology limit them from partaking in these courses, and therefore limit the potential market for ExamScan?

    • teacherben 9:12 pm on November 27, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      I guess you would need an initial, in-person scan when registering in the program in order for this to work. Or, you could have authorized, scanning centers where a person could have their iris scan registered with their identity. This is a little creepy, but I can see the potential marketability. The idea sells itself. This is one of those things that the fear of people cheating is all that it takes. You don’t even need the statistics, (although they were a nice addition) because many people will assume that if it is possible to cheat, people will.

      (Incidentally, Google introduced a facial recognition feature that could be used to unlock your cell phone and it was very easy to hack because people could use a picture of you in place of the real you. They improved that recently. Now, it looks to see that your eyes are blinking in a way that is hard to replicate. i don’t know if a video of your face would work, but Google is pretty confident…)

      I would have liked to know a little more about the people behind the venture. And it was cute that you included the number of active users and 3-year return on your money but before I would give you a million dollars, I would want to see evidence. If you are going to include numbers at all, I would think you would need to back them up a bit. It’s tough in this role-play situation to know how much to include in this regard.

      I also think it would have benefited from a few more visuals. For example, in your elevator pitch, you could have been sitting next to a computer and turned, looked into the webcam for a moment, then turned back and said, “The scanning process only takes seconds…” which would have been much more powerful. Similarly, the Prezi had a lot of words. A few more pictures would have made it more convincing.

    • visramn 3:13 pm on November 28, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Brilliant idea and very well posed. I think this is a great venture and I think you did a great job of portraying the need for it. You used pertinent data and graphs to show that education is definitely moving more and more towards online delivery and that there is a need for this type of tool. I think you covered all parameters needed and did a very good job of drawing in your audience and convincing them that your product is a necessity. You were confident, knowledgeable and had confidence in your voice. This had a great impact. Both your pitch and your Prezi were set up with good information.
      Excellent job. Thanks for sharing.

    • Doug Connery 8:36 pm on November 28, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Coral:

      Great presentation in the elevator pitch and the venture pitch. I agree with Ben, a quick turn to a web cam to get scanned to show how easy it is would have capped it off.

      You have also nailed a wonderful opportunity that is needed and for all the reasons you identified. This gives me confidence that the CEO knows what she is talking about! I have very little else to offer for a critique because you have caught my attention as an investor. If we were going to take this to the next step I would say – lets talk!


    • Pat A Son 4:56 pm on November 29, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Coral,

      Your idea is very practical and timely with the growth of online learning. You venture pitch showed that you did your homework but am of the opinion that it will be applicable to institutions that do traditional testing as the name suggests. I also suspect the temptation to cheat will be higher for exams such as SAT. For programs that do project based assessment the likelihood of cheating will be lower. Since most Schools still do exams you have a large possible market. At the end of the day it will boil down to how far these schools are willing to go to t curtail cheating. Right now I have not heard of any institutions such as Sylvan taking this kind of measures for this kind of cheating. Most institutions seem to be preoccupied with plagiarism instead.
      Despite my concerns you did a good.


    • jameschen 9:12 pm on November 29, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Coral,

      Thanks for an interesting elevator pitch. It grabbed my attention as an investor.

      Here is my analysis on your venture pitch using the guidelines found in section 2.7 of our course blog – Deconstructing a pitch:

      ExamScan: The Content

      Pain Point: Your pain point is supported by research. The numbers would be more relevant if they specified how many ‘online’ students cheat.



      What would happen if the actual test-taking student scans his/her iris, and then as soon as the exam begins a more capable other takes over and completes the exam; or if a student does not have the required hardware; or that the camera has a very low resolution; or if technical difficulties arise and the iris cannot be scanned? The plan would be viable if it addresses these potential challenges.

      To me, the only possible way for this product to work is for the technology to continue recording the student while s/he takes the test from beginning to end. This leads me to think of the money that needs to go into perfecting the security around the software, which might cause potential investors to walk away from the investment.

      Differentiation: From your venture pitch, I was unable to locate information on how your product differs from existing security features implemented during online testing situations.

      Marketing: I was unable to locate information about what your venture will be doing to establish itself on the market other than information on what the investment money will be used for. The target market is not identified.

      Championship: I did not find information on the competency of the venture’s leaders and advisers (you) in your pitch.

      Competition: Information about the venture’s competitors and partners could not be located in the venture pitch.

      The Ask & Return: A provision of how these numbers came about would increase the credibility of your pitch. If you do not know the numbers, perhaps a formula about how the return on investment is calculated will suffice. An exit strategy would also increase the viability of the investment.

      Hope that helps! And thanks for a well-presented pitch.


    • cunnian 12:05 pm on November 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Cora,
      Funny, I was just watching the CBC documentary that you cited last week as I had some plagiarism issues in my class to deal with. It made a compelling argument for the need for strict security measures as the cheating schemes are getting more and more sophisticated.
      Your elevator pitch was excellent as you speak with confidence and passion about this product. I liked the Prezi format for the venture and you walk potential investors through your pitch in a clear and logical manner. As far as I can tell, you’ve identified all of the requisite information for a good pitch, including details on the investment that you need and what your potential market is.
      One question that I have is how you obtain the initial iris scan. It seems that this could be faked as well. Yes, your product will keep a user from creating multiple accounts, but will it prevent a user from using someone else to do the actual work of the course?
      Regardless, this product has the potential to greatly improve the security of online courses. Well done!

    • melissaayers 2:29 pm on November 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Coral,

      Congrats on 2 great pitches – both were very clear and informative and contained ample information.

      Interesting venture idea and great way to introduce a new(ish) technology into the classroom. You have clearly identification a pain point and a solution, as well as growing market trends and what you need as an investment.

      Many thanks

    • sophiabb 6:45 pm on December 1, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Coral,

      Great job on your elevator pitch. You clearly described your product, problem and your solution.

      I love your use of Prezi to present your venture pitch. I actually like that it was text heavy as I was able to go back and peruse at my leisure. The following is my feedback:

      Product: interesting use of current technology as a solution to a problem within the education industry.
      Pain Point and Solution: was real, clearly stated and one with which many educators relate.
      Differentiation/Competition: the pitch was weakened by a lack of information on the market in terms of competition, positioning, barriers/ease of entry.
      Market/marketing: the target was clearly identified and the opportunity seems possible. Statistics and facts helped in increase the credibility of the proposition. However, the absence of a marketing strategy is noted.
      Ask and Return: were clearly stated.
      The Team: Investors are interested in the skill set and abilities of the CEO and team to drive a start-up business to success. Insufficient information was presented to aid in my decision.

      I think your proposition is full of possibilities. I would be interested in your proposal once your pitch is strengthened.


  • coralk 8:06 pm on October 28, 2012
    0 votes


    Conclusions: Thank you all for participating in our presentation of Personalized Learning Tools. We are so pleased with the amount of discussion, analysis and healthy debate that occurred this week.  We hope that you were able to learn more about the types of tools that are being used in classrooms around the world.  There are […]

    Continue reading Thank you from Week 8 – Personalized Learning Posted in: Week 08:
  • coralk 1:32 pm on October 7, 2012
    0 votes


    Since my kids are preschool age (2 and 4) I thought I’d do a review of some of my favourite educational pre-K apps: • Monkey Math School – my kids both love this app. I wonder if my 2 year old is actually learning anything or if he is just playing (at this point I […]

    Continue reading Pre-K app review Posted in: Week 05:
  • coralk 1:42 pm on September 25, 2012
    0 votes

    Tags: adaptive learning   

    Jose Ferreira, Knewton Founder & CEO The Knewton platform is a cloud-based, adaptive learning technology that continuously analyzes student data to provide the most relevant learning activities to each individual student at that particular moment in time. The program makes its recommendations to the student by harnessing not only that student’s data, but the data that […]

    Continue reading Jose Ferreira, Knewton Founder & CEO Posted in: Week 04: Entrepreneur Bootcamp
    • joeltremblay 4:38 pm on September 25, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Isn’t this just an updated form of standardized testing though? The credentials of the team are impressive to be sure and if it works it would really be something, but if the data is being analyzed and acted on by a computer how is this better for the students who are already lacking in face time to begin with?

      • coralk 8:55 am on September 26, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        I actually think of this as the opposite of standardized testing – the system learns about each individual student and provides that student with the specific learning activities that they need in order to learn best. It helps them make the most of their study time by feeding them questions about the topics that they are having the most trouble with. From their website:

        The platform is continuously adaptive, meaning it responds in real time to each student’s activity on the system and adjusts to provide the most relevant content. Some Knewton recommendations are straightforward: having trouble with algebraic expressions involving fractions? The platform may serve up a video lesson on how to multiply fractions. Other times the recommendation may veer seemingly off-course: struggling with a uniform rate word problem? The platform may recommend a reading comp exercise – having determined that weak critical reading skills are more likely at fault than gaps in math knowledge.

    • joeltremblay 11:55 am on September 26, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Don’t get me wrong, it’s an interesting idea, especially if it works. However it seems to function on the same premise as Google/Facebook advertising by tracking your progress and then using algorithms that are sometimes accurate. The reason I compare it to standardized testing is that regardless of the adaptive nature of the program, is that it still requires a broad based approach, at least initially, to focus in and gauge the trends or directions that the student is moving in. This to me, is an updated form of standardized testing because it doesn’t individualize the learning until it has the opportunity to learn more about you and instead using a blanketed methodology that may or may not be useful depending on the learning style. Good article though and definitely thought provoking.

    • rebecca42 11:57 am on September 26, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      We use a somewhat similar program called Reading Plus in our district. It tests reading skills and constantly changes what level the students are at based on their current performance. It’s great for this specific area and even though initially I was skeptical it has worked wonders for many students. It is nowhere near as complex as Knewton, but it follows a similar idea, where it assesses student need and assigns levelled activities based on student needs.

    • kstackhouse 9:29 am on September 27, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Interesting to see that it is using cloud-based technology. I am curious to see how other companies will take advantage of the cloud movement. I think more gain be gained than the basic sharing possibilities associated with the cloud. The act of collaboration and creative work within the cloud will be an interesting tool in education and business.


    • adi 12:32 pm on September 28, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      I see this as a good option for paced learning. Maaaaannyyy years ago I went to an experimental school in Iowa City, called Ernest Horn School. For all subjects there were a set of files full of activities that each student would work through at their own pace. The teacher, rather than teach everyone at once, became a kind of facilitator. Depending on how we did, what came next in terms of the content of each students’ individual course. What Knewton has done ,is to take this idea online. It sounds like an amazing system, even if not always very accurate. I also think that Ferreira did a great job of partnering with a key player to make this a success; what better than a major publishing company. It’s what we read about this week; the need to not only have a great idea, but to make sure you partner with people who can make the idea grow.

      • coralk 2:02 pm on September 28, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Yes – I agree. A lot of the MyLabs containing Knewton are just being released now and I’ve been reading about the new MyFoundationsLab with Knewton (developmental reading, writing and math) to see exactly how it works. From what I’ve seen so far the system asks the student to take an assessment and builds a personalized learning path for that student, but then as they start to work through their learning path, it changes based on how they are doing. There are also features built in for instructors, such as alerts when students are in trouble, and information on topics that the system is recommending for the student that are not covered in that particular class.

    • stammik 11:41 am on October 2, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Here is a terrific profile of Jose and adaptive learning, published at Mashable today:

  • coralk 8:59 pm on September 14, 2012
    0 votes


    After reading ‘Learning Technology Trends To Watch In 2012’ my first thought was to check to see when this article was written. There is no date listed, but from the comments below the article I would suspect that it was released early this year. If this is the case, I think that the author is […]

    Continue reading Learning Technology Trends To Watch In 2012 Posted in: Week 02: The Edtech Marketplace
    • visramn 9:47 pm on September 14, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      It was interesting to read about your perspective on this issue. I had not even heard of some of the technologies the author talked about in the article but I am fascinated to know that these technologies are known about and considered in post secondary institutions. That is fantastic. I think this opens the doors for many opportunities.
      I too thought the author did a great job of explaining each ideas and the examples were definitely helpful. The author did a good job of conveying ideas in a non technical manner. Hence, this article can be read and understood by anyone who is interested in the progression of current technologies. It is a good resource for sure.

  • coralk 8:55 pm on September 4, 2012
    0 votes

    My name is Coral and I’m from Vancouver (well, technically Tsawwassen for anyone from BC, but Vancouver is easier to spell…)    I work with Pearson Learning Solutions, one of the largest providers of educational content and services.  I am currently a Managing Editor, responsible for the oversight of customized print and online materials for universities and […]

    Continue reading Hello everyone! Posted in: Week 01: Introductions
    • kstackhouse 5:41 am on September 5, 2012 | Log in to Reply


      Welcome to the MET. I can assure you that you will gain a lot from this experience. I am in my final three courses and the time really goes by fast! I look forward to hearing from you about the changes and struggles with dealing with print and digital books. Have a great term!


    • adi 1:08 pm on September 5, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Coral,

      Though Pearson is my competitor here in Mexico (I write for Macmillan), I must admit it has some great texts and materials; you must be very happy to work in such an important company. I guess we have in common that we are both in publishing, and we both love anything to do with cooking and eating. I look forward to sharing experiences in the publishing world with you, and perhaps the odd recipe, but not in the blog 🙂
      Welcome to MET.

      • coralk 6:39 pm on September 5, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Adriana
        Thank you! I love Mexican food so I would be happy to share recipes! I’m actually headed to Puerto Vallarta in Oct with my family so I’m looking forward to lots of great Mexican food 🙂

    • coralk 6:38 pm on September 5, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Thank you Ken! I’m really looking forward to the program and this course.

    • Peggy Lawson 7:00 pm on September 5, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Welcome to MET Coral – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it – I’ve found the discussions with my MET classmates have made the entire journey, and effort, all worthwhile.


compose new post
next post/next comment
previous post/previous comment
show/hide comments
go to top
go to login
show/hide help

Spam prevention powered by Akismet