As WebStudy International LMS’s co-founders, Curt Corbi and Gisele Larose devoted their lives to transforming students’ by developing effective educational technology tools. They used a ‘philanthropic’—not a ‘for-profit’—business model: staying privately-held, growing their company organically, and investing primarily in new product development and its 24/7, concierge help desk service.
During their 20+ years of operation, Curt and Gisele experienced the spectrum of multi-group situations—ranging from a productive almost 20-member consortium to intricate, multi-committee, 18-month product evaluation sales cycles. With today’s colleges and universities confronting challenges on many fronts, Curt and Gisele became concerned that the many institution’s complex committee structures and departmental silos may not be conducive to tackling these problems effectively and quickly. So, they decided to help.
They formed WebStudy Foundation to help higher education institutions accelerate 21st century learning; to avoid campus-wide communication breakdowns; and to improve group decision-making. They researched large non-profit organizations practices and interviewed numerous futurists and higher education consultants; eventually teaming up with Kevin Kelly, a veteran education consultant and Lenny Lind, the founder of Covision, an engagement consulting firm.
The result is WebStudy Foundation’s suite of affordable collaborative services—such as Facilitated Interactive Engagement (FIE) — that combine technology and proven group facilitation practices to help institutions accelerate effective change.