4 Most Economic Kinds of Online Learning Revolution That Can Most Urgently Change Youth's World
While classifications are fluid we'll currently explore 4 types of revolution. Let's call these:
1) million students waves -eg http://www.coursera.org is designed round scheduled curriculum presentations some of which will soon draw a million students at a time during the typical 8 week periods that each course presentation is scheduled for
2) million students continuous - eg http://www.khanacademy.org has lots of content - eg school maths - that millions have already used one at a time. . This training is accessible 24/7/365 and students can literally drill themselves piece by piece. Where Khan is seen to be offering a "literacy" foundations are joining in partnering khan to translate the literacy into all major mother tongues
3) specialist continuous - MIT has made a commitment (open Courseware http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm ) to publish menus online to every curriculum it physically teaches. This can be useful for specialists who want to check the forefront of knowledge and especially industries of the future. There is nowhere I know of like the few square miles of MIT to go see what range of future industries are blossoming. For those interested in job creating paradigms, MIT is the number 1 job creating alumni network in the world - and there are local ways of connecting with this extraordinary movement in dozens of countries. If you are interested in exploring this back from the future worldwide interaction, Norman Macrae Foundation for pro-youth economics sponsors a ning we call http://bostonandyunus.ning.com
4) world changing education sources not yet wholly online -
3 main groups interest us here;
4.1 there are those whom we have known for over 30 years who have been helping real schools lead online development of their country's youth - New Zealander Gordon Dryden provides an outstanding example at http://thelearningweb.net . As an illustration of how borderless parental demand for education revolution can be, over 10 million Chinese families have bought Dryden's book on future experiments in education that are already happening in new Zealand as it dismantles examination standards and let curious youth be their own flow
4.2 there are those who believe the future of education and the future productivity of the net generation including worldwide human sustainability are more interdependent than any other system change - they agree with Einstein that we have been chaining youth to narrow over-standardised ways of journeying through life which the internet can and must liberate if it is to turn out to have good consequences for our whole species. Einstein: ◾The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship material success as a preparation for his future career. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955). Interestingly, when Adam Smith first chartered what he hoped economics could enlighten he took great pains to argue for education not falling into this trap and working out how to stay free to every diverse way that we may all be students or teachers of each other.
4.3 There are those who are passionate about missing curriculum financial literacy, digital literacy, green energy and food security literacy -some of whom are already partnering in dozens of countries to deliver the curriculum through "real" schools- probably the most massive case is http://www.aflatoun.org - a curriculum on financial literacy for primary age students that began in an orphanage . Another exciting segment is those colleges that are already offering lowest possible cost job-creating training as "real" courses - Grameen Nursing College, Grameen Vocation College, The Free University System experiments coordinated out of S Africa by Taddy Blecher with partners that include Mandela Elders, Branson and Google Africa. Another exciting segment is those colleges that are already offering lowest possible cost job-creating training as "real" courses - Grameen Nursing College, Grameen Vocation College, The Free University System experiments coordinated out of S Africa by Taddy Blecher with partners that include Mandela Elders, Branson and Google Africa. Moreover many of the leaders of these most entrepreneurial colleges also participate in massive youth entrepreneur competitions -oftentimes the student solution that isnt quite ready to invest in as sustainable business points to a missing 12 minute peer to peer training module that it can be most economics to invite students to help develop.
Having laid out a smorgasbord of online learning possibilities - questions we hope you will form with us- which of these is world changing in ways that youth can enjoy and be freed to get back to the net generation being the most productive, collaborative and sustainable time to thrive across our planet http://www.wholeplanet.tv
Forbidden Market Research - This specialist team of Norman Macrae Foundation loves to hear of survey ideas of missing voices -for example we are starting a viral survey of 16 year olds on which coursera courses they most value- any college principal who doesn't take note of this research can neither claim to be pro-youth nor economical