The news about Google Helpouts shutting down this month caught my attention. Here's an online learning community connected to one of the world's largest social networks (Google+) that couldn't stay open for business—"it couldn't grow fast enough" for Google to justify its continued existence.
You might say, "wait, if Google can't do it, how can EdLab?" But that's the wrong lesson—instead, I prefer to think of it as a tech giant over-reaching into the education marketplace. As of April 20th, mSchool has one less competitor.
But what else can we learn? There are all kind of interesting aspects of Helpouts, not the least of which is the personable, face-to-face element driven by Google Hangouts technology. Perhaps this sort of "synchronous" experience is out of place in the vast marketplace of online learning? Your thoughts?