After a year of prototyping, fundraising and development, social teaching and learning network Sophia is alive in private beta.
Sophia was created by GoKart Labs, a ‘digital innovation shop’ we previously know from collaborations with BringMeTheNews.com. Prior to GoKart, CEO and Co-founder Don Smithmier had 14 years of employment with online education org Capella before leaving three years ago to start the new firm with partner A.J. Meyer.
“Online education still seems to be stuck in the 90’s — not really embracing the new generation of web. 2.0 technologies that appeal to the modern pedagogy of social learning,” says Smithmier. “Sophia began with the premise that there are millions of great ideas, methods, lessons and people who can contribute to our society’s goal of spreading knowledge and making education better and more effective.”