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Pathfinding education network

Socio-cultural network for learning; pathfinding a lifetime of higher education

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Education is a pathfinding life project. It should be as unique for individuals as our own life path. Higher education for the future should accommodate different path and tracks of each learners. Conventional education were cookie cutters that stops at 4 years, 2 years programs to meet some "business model". Limiting education to cost and the tyranny of traditional "market economy". Real education and self-development should keep evolving with the crowd intelligence and it can also be economically feasible. 

The idea is creating a pathfinding network platform for students to customized their unique education path and plan based on their interest, ambitions, passion and curiosity.

Pathfinding education network combine real physical classes, lectures and workshops globally with tools that enable us to visualize and take control of how we shape our individual education. 

The platform also helps traditional universities’ courses, public classes or physical classes, corporations, non-profit, community initiatives for practice to reach the public in an openly intelligent ways. Both students and Education institutions, industry and all education stakeholders may  creates better market and a more accessible quality education culture with some engine that works like an air bnb model for finding classes. Public can recommend classes and recommends students (as a new ways of having recommendation letters) 

students and practically anyone can create and follow their own and others individual education paths. 

With the help of match making algorithm within the platform, students should be able to learn in a group of intellectually compatible people who have the same agenda and interest, 

This way it is more accessible to learn from other people’s educational path, to find classes globally, To make our practice projects real. To connect directly with organizations, corporations and institutions, to focus on issues and agenda that is relevant and important to us, to be broad and to be specific and still learn as much, and also to still be able to learn conventionally by the book if one choose to. and to make milestones of knowledge during our individual lifetime visible, re-learnable, shareable, accessible and global. With technology we can match-make individual uniqueness with the most effective education they need.

Upon sign up there will be:

Enrollment Test: Personality test, aptitude and learning style test to match users with like minded peers with same interest/curiosity, research Groups

People have different ways of learning effectively. Some follows structure, some follow their curiosity, some focus on their goals and vision and work towards it, some like it hands on, some like to observe quietly. The best higher education of the future should caters these.

Everyone is a student and an educator in some ways. And life experience is the best institution, access, freedom, transparency and quantified experience is the value we create

the platform also then may give access for finding and suggesting workshops and classes both institutional related, and informal locally and internationally all can be followed and added to one’s education path timeline


Socio-Cultural platform engine

The Platform will facilitates the following interactions:

1. Network of  Students creates and start their own unique path/timeline of education shares their previous interest and inspiration for other student to follow:

discourse credit, skill credit, books, workshops, discussion group, news feed, mentors, classes, real work with certain organizations, online lectures.

Achievements are based on work published that went through public peer reviews, done not only by academicians but also for professional.

Whatever homeworks, projects and works that student published will serve as their portfolios and education repertoire.

Curiosity and work ethics will be the value that make anyone strive in education of the future.

Every students eventually can be mentors

2. Educators  create their creative syllabus paths option, create research group for students to participate, shares their previous interest, work and source of inspirations that lead them to what whoever they are now: books, discussion group, workshops, mentors, classes, real work with certain organizations, online lectures etc.

3. Inspiring figures/ Professionals share their path of how they became who they are and do what they do now. add the books that opens their mind, mentor that inspire them, workshop in certain universe

platform recommends access to books/ library, research papers, available Lectures, physical courses, online courses globally.

4. Self organized group of like minded students May decide their path for a semester, a 6 week program or other agreed timeline to study, finished and discuss a book, take a class/workshop may form a cooperative/ collective fund to fund the classes they decide to take, collaborate of projects, eventually create their own research group and classes and leave a trail of path for other group/individuals to follow, review and study.

5. Network Organizations and Education related Institutions May use the platform to find better suited students, create better programs, offer paid classes and workshop, research, syllabus to be add to someone’s path and contribute free materials to be accessible to wider audience of students while also may offering premium materials, They are also should be open to public review and criticism about their programs. They can also review students who have taken their classes for reference to other institutions or mentor's reference for better education culture.

6. Network of Industry organizations and corporations in general May offer paid positions that can be accredited as part of educational path and peer reviews the candidates educational paths and peer review in place of letters of recommendations

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Knowledge and humanity towards the future will progress faster, getting more diverse and broader in spectrum and should be accesible globally to be sustainable. Institutionalized education can be such an enclosure of resources, they are rather exclusive, heavy in logistic, relatively slower to adapt and evolve to address real world issues and urgencies. Running a big institutions also can be very costly. The business model should follow human spectrum of education not human for some educational business model.

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

Everyone who loves to learn, share and produce knowlegde. Students, Educators, Professionals, Artists, Communities. Education is indeed expensive but should not be if we can tailor education based on the need of a broader human spectrum and Individual capacities and the cost also can be broken down into bite size needs, students pay for lessons based on paths that they think they really curious of, need and want, and education overall can be more accessible and real-time contested.

This idea emerged from:

  • An individual

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

I am aware that right now there's rather complex of interactions and functionality need to be addressed: I can use alot of help in terms of technological development. I am open to any help to facilitates and connects this idea with people and institutions that are interested in trying out the ideas and any possible resources to actually realized it.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I can interview people in my community, educators, leaders, enterpreneur, artists for getting initial data of their educational path, books that inspire them, projects and experience that change their view of the world. This also can be done by anyone who are interested in collaborating with me.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a designer, also an educator. I experienced how hard it is to fund education I really wanted. While there's no guarantee that the institution will serve my expectations. I also have so many curiosities that is often not accessible from the education focus I took and from the industry I work for. As an educator I met many students going through education simply because they have to not because they want to.

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