As a Canada Research Chair and tenured Professor at the University of British Columbia, Karen Bakker has spent many years teaching online courses.
Throughout her time in digital academia, she has grown increasingly frustrated with the limitations of the Learning Management Systems, (LMS), which are unable to replicate the face-to-face interactions that are critical for students’ learning. With the help of Co-founder Kyle Robertson, Bakker (now Co-founder and CEO) has developed Prollster: an educational technology start-up dedicated to making online learning more social. With more than 3,500 users, it allows students to interact and learn from each other while working through an online course. By introducing a social aspect to learning, Prollster engages students and boosts their academic results in the process.