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Word Wiz: Edupreneur

Although the term "edupreneur" has been around for many years, it regularly acquires new meaning in the evolving education industry. Traditionally, the term was used to describe an innovator in the public school system who creates a product or service that enhances learning. Now, the scope of an edupreneur has broadened to include any professional who uses her education background to create resources for learners of all ages and in all environments.

If you are responsible for adult learning and development in some capacity, you should consider yourself an edupreneur. There are several resources out there that can help edupreneurs carry on their work of innovating within the education sphere. We've compiled a few below.

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edupreneur.net: This site contains a wealth of resources for educators who have broken out of traditional education business models. It is especially rich in information about starting and running your own education business.

DIY U: This is a website and book about the future of higher education, which has significant implications for corporate recruiting and training.

#edupreneur: Follow this Twitter hashtag for the latest information on edupreneurship.

TedEd: Although many of these educational videos focus on school-age learners, they contain ideas that can be carried over to the corporate classroom.

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