Thursday, September 10, 2015

Meet the Crowdfunded Professor

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 10th, 2015

Kevin deLaplante quit his job as a tenured professor at Iowa State University to make courses on his own, at his one-man online institution, Critical Thinker Academy. The courses are free, so to support himself and his family, he’s asking "patrons" to donate small amounts of money each month — like a one-man public-radio station running a pledge drive.
Mr. deLaplante, who until recently was an associate professor in Iowa State’s department of philosophy and religious studies, is not the only educator trying to make a living this way. Thanks to a service called Patreon, hundreds of educators are seeking streams of donations to support their online courses and educational videos. While it seems unlikely that many full-time professors will leave secure jobs for the patronage model, the platform could attract adjunct professors whose job security is already uncertain.

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