Learner Stories

Across the country and around the world, the ways our users are using text message learning like never before.

Can't Keep Students Engaged?

For any teacher, the hardest thing to keep is a student’s attention. In a world of Tik Toks and tweets, attention spans are at an all-time low, and the days of expecting students to read full chapters or watch documentaries at home are long over. Even getting a student’s attention in the first place can be an uphill battle. From Google Classroom to Canvas, students won’t log into anything unless prompted regularly. When tools work, teachers are forced to spend a lot of time and energy designing, deploying, and assessing learning. The tool itself shouldn’t become the lesson. Scott, a high school history teacher based in LA, understood this.

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Who You Gonna Call? Onboarding the Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call? If you're thinking "The Ghostbusters", you're probably familiar with the classic, crime-fighting group. As part of Arist's Text Message Course Competition, Ian Crook, an instructional designer at AWS, created a course for onboarding the Ghostbusters. The 10 day course covers every from Ghostbusters 101 to getting a team member set up on all things fighting ghosts.

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Becoming a Super Mega Boss

When it comes to building great leaders, Amy is a subject matter expert. She has over twenty years of experiencing keynoting and coaching top leadership conferences and executives. You've probably heard of the brands she works with, because they're some of the world's largest companies - from Apple to Deloitte. In her text message courses, Amy teaches everyone how to become a super mega boss.

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Using Texts to Find your Mojo

In times of uncertainty, it's completely normal to feel sad, stressed, and alone. More than ever, we all need a little help in finding or getting back into our mojo. Kristin Leydig Bryant, a leadership consultant and the founder of Clarity at Work, used the power of text message learning to do just that. Her course gives people actionable steps each day towards finding their mojo. We asked Kristin a few questions in an interview below. Comments in italics are from Ryan, our Head of Content.

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Teaching Financial Literacy with Text

Many creators will write text message courses to teach new skills. Matt Jaekel, one of the first people to ever create a text message course, started out by delivering "Fun Facts" of the day to his high school students. In no time, they were actually asking to learn investing via text. We sat down with Matt to learn a little bit about his background and process for writing the course. Portions in italics are from Ryan, our head of content.

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