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University For Students, By Students

A platform that puts decision making into the hands of students on campus.

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N.B. Credit for the idea goes to a team from the Shanghai Chapter OpenIDEO event -Edupractical (see video). 

The problem:

How have universities been designed? Pretty much the exact same way that they have been for centuries: as an academic centre of knowledge where certain professors are the key focal points that disseminate knowledge to everybody else. But this is vastly outdated. People learn and express education in totally different ways, not just by receiving cognitive information in classrooms. In reality, the lifeblood of any university is a flourishing student body. So if universities are for students, why shouldn’t they be designed by them? Or at least with them in mind? 

The solution: 

Create 'Student Life Hubs’ on campus with the focus on the experiences and activities - letting students decide for themselves how they want to learn and live. If students have an idea, they can execute it. This goes from food and housing arrangements, to the campus sports and volunteer trips. Oh, and they can decorate their own classrooms. 

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

Students in Higher Education, but in the future could be adapted to all forms of education.

This idea emerged from:

  • An OpenIDEO outpost or chapter


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Great Post William. Having for example a social business rpg center on campus where students would move from table-top learning towards in creating a social business to live-action role-playing is a student-centric move, I feel. Interestingly, there is a school in Denmark (Osterskov School) that teaches through live-action roleplay. Maybe, one of the Student-Life Hubs could use this model. Check out my OpenIdeo Idea when you get a chance.

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