Tell us about your idea
My idea for a better learning is based on the creation of an app that could give all people access to study materials from around the world. I would propose a platform similar to Instagram or Facebook but for learning, where teachers and students could create profiles and be able to access all the information needed to study or teach. Since we live in an era that we want confirmation by the number of followers we have or the likes we receive, I would make an app where teachers can put the courses they created, give students challenges and also be able to teach students around the world not just the designated students in their traditional schools. Each teacher could receive likes and followers based on the quality of their teaching and maybe in the future they could receive accredited credentials for their work, same as the students attending their online classes. This way the teachers would have to create great teaching materials not just use outdated ones given by their governments, they would receive more freedom of creation, thus they would be motivated to get more involved in elaborating their methods. Also in this way we could achieve global learning, by having teachers on a platform and learning from each other. Currently there are big discrepancies between countries when it comes to what is taught in schools and universities. For example in my country, Romania, there are discrepancies between Universities of Medicine, some students learn trough outdated methods and this way they learn less and some learn trough more actual methods and gain a better knowledge. How would this app help students? They could access a wider information, not just a limited one that is given in their classrooms, they could get in touch with teachers and students from around the world, and they could post their work too in order to be motivated by the likes they would receive. In this way students from all types of ages could be connecting and learning how to communicate better and be encouraged to learn more because they want to, not because they were told to. They could video call and talk to each other or they could get to be partners in challenges posted by teachers, or students from universities can create with teachers online debates in order to gain further knowledge by hearing different opinions and experiences from their international colleagues. And if there will be other times like the ones we are living now, with the COVID pandemic, an app like this would show children and older students that they are not alone in this situation, that it is not just happening to them and that they can still have activities and friends and classmates. From what I have seen in my workplace, the University was not prepared for online classes, and it took three months to develop the platform for students to be able to learn online, and even now it is not working properly. For this issue I would propose live online classes on the app, created by teachers, where students can enroll, both their actual school students and students from everywhere. Thus, with an app like this, all Schools, Universities, Teachers and students have everything in one place and there would be no wasted time in creating materials or barely working platforms. Plus it would be encouraged a global, equal learning, while getting people together, by being encouraged to collaborate, communicate with one and other, and to develop new ideas in many fields studied in schools or universities.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
My name is Livia, I am 26 years old. I am a financial administrator at the University of Medicine Craiova, Romania, and a future student at the Transilvania University of Brasov, Faculty of Product Design and Enviroment. My idea was inspired by the universities in my country that lack updated methods of teaching. When I was a student I would get easily bored during classes due to traditional teaching, I was not motivated to study more than what was given to me for exams. I went to France on an ERASMUS scholarship, where I got more involved in classes. That happened because I was inspired by new methods of studying given by my then teachers, whom came from all over the world, also by my classmates that also were from many countries. I was able to learn from them as well, trough debates and focus groups I opened my mind and had a better understanding of what I was learning. I made friends, I understood other cultures and possibly I made future business partners.