The Edtech Podcast: Australia and edtech

#87: the eighth edition of the ASU GSV summit

Stone the crows! Hello! and welcome everyone to this eighth edition of the ASU GSV Summit Series on The Edtech Podcast. My name is Sophie Bailey and this is the podcast dedicated to bringing together the spectrum of learning and talent innovation from around the world, so do let us know where you are listening from by recording a message via or tweet us @podcastedtech. I’m stoked to know you are tuning in.  

This week, we’re jabbering on about Australia and Edtech. Crikey! 

Australia is a significant player in global education innovation, and for many reasons. 

First off, it has high-quality education and notable pedagogical thinkers, such as John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia and of VISIBLE LEARNING fame. 

Next up, Australia invests in its education and educational infrastructure. Whilst all government investments are always disputed as to whether they are pure investment or paper shuffling, The Turnbull Government recently reported a net increase of 6.1%, or more than $41.8 billion dollars investment in Education and Training for 2016-17.  

With investment and pedagogical rigour, comes a good foundation and framework for innovation. Australia has recently been responsible for creating value businesses like lifelong learning and training company Academy Xi and supply teacher app TeacherIn and pushing them out into the international edtech space. Not only can these companies support learning in the Australian market, but are launching to the UK and beyond or reviewing the significant Chinese education opportunity.  

Headlines abound like “Australian edtech sector eyes $51 billion China online market” or Frost and Sullivan’s “Australia’s edtech market is expected to reach 1.7 billion Australian dollars by 2022”. In addition, for English-speaking education companies, Australia acts as an interesting gateway to Asia without the presupposed barriers to entry of China. Notable companies going in include General Assembly and Firefly.  

In this episode, I explore all of this educational and economic exchange with John Angley – Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Australian Government; Riley Batchelor, CEO of accelerator Edugrowth, and start-up founder, Isuru Wanasinghe of Life is Yellow. Summer Howarth, Learning Director for previous podcast guest Education Changemakers sets us up in the introduction. 

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What’s in this episode?

          John Angley, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Australian Government

          Riley Batchelor, CEO of accelerator, Edugrowth

          Start up Founder, Isuru Wanasinghe, of Life is Yellow

  • Sophie Bailey outro – what’s next in the series?

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