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S2T2S O2O2O2O

Driving more feedback and collaboration between students and professors.

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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:

There’s an obvious but often ignored generation gap between teachers and students. Teaching only flows in one direction. Why? Teachers have plenty to learn from students. So why can’t it be a constant cycle with feedback loops that go both ways?


The solution:

Challenge Platform. A student can challenge a teacher on an aspect of their course or major. This can be related to the curriculum materials, how the materials are taught, or even how the students are evaluated and graded. The teacher can accept the challenge. The students and teachers will then get together in a collaborative workshop where they discuss and redesign the course. All ideas from the workshop will be posted online and voted on so there is documentation of everything. This creates a constant feedback loop between teachers and students. It allows for the status quo to be quickly broken. Teachers can challenge students to be better. Students can challenge teachers to be better. Everybody wins. 

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Photo of Kate Rushton
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Hi William and team,

There are a few hours left in the refinement phase if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me.

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Hi William and team,

A couple of thoughts/questions.
One of the appeals of class evaluations/rating websites like Rate My Professor as Angelis shared, is that the students can be anonymous when sharing their feedback. In the platform you are suggesting, would students be able to retain this element of anonymity? Furthermore, what would the incentives for students be/what would make them willing to contribute? It can be hard enough as is getting students to fill out evaluations at the end of the semester. And lastly, what if students have differing opinions about how an aspect of the course/major should be changed? How would the teacher rectify this conflict?

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This would be a great practice to establish in universities! As of now there exist rating websites like ratemyprofessor.com where students can see how teachers rank in terms of class difficulty, grading, etc. But few teachers access these platforms to see how they can improve their classes. This would be a great opportunity for professors to change and improve the quality of lectures, length and usefulness of homework, etc. Would love to see this implemented and the results of it.

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Hi William and team,

There is just a week left of refinement. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

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Welcome to the Refinement phase William! We've added new Refinement questions to your original submission that we'd love for you to answer. Please check out the Refinement Phase Toolkit for instructions on how to answer the new questions and other recommendations we encourage all idea teams to consider in the upcoming weeks.

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Hi William and team,

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

There are a few ideas from previous OpenIDEO challenges that might be of interest to you:

Incubator Club from our Financial Services Challenge - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/financial-longevity/top-ideas/incubator-club-for-credit-union-members - has a clear plan of how their incubator for 50+ credit unions could work with a clear plan of action for implementation.

Eat Smart from our Healthy Eating Challenge - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/healthy-lives/top-ideas/eat-this-instead-healthy-eating-app - offers alternative solutions to unhealthy food choices and has a clear user journey utilising a digital app. Based on the options presented to them, the Eat Smart user can select the best choice for them.

What are the competitors to ‘S2T2S O2O2O2O’? (I love the name by the way)

Do you have any links to research that can ‘back up’ the problem?

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Hi William and Rob,

Welcome to the refinement phase, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me by using @ and typing my name.

Take care,

Kate

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Hi William!

Thank you for sharing this. A really different idea that, if implemented well, would improve the learning experience for all. What are the barriers to the implementation of this idea? Have you read these posts in the research phase?
Are our best teachers rewarded? Power to the professors 
It would be great if we could get the input of the higher education lecturers on your ideas and also Lucy Chen 

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Sorry, the tagging features is not working for this post in the research phase - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/future-of-highered/research/an-instructor-prepares-welcome-to-higher-ed-torie-wichita-state-idt by Caleb Wilson which ties in with your idea.

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Hey William,
I see you're in Shanghai. I had the opportunity to visit for a week this past May as part of an educational program. What a great city! One of the key points they are making in this video is that the role of the "instructor" needs to be redefined. This makes perfect sense, since AI will take over assessment and access to information, the "teacher/professor" is no longer the sage on the stage, but a mentor, guide, and professional educator. Similar to a Scrum Master, their role should be to remove obstacles, provide structure, resources, and be the tour guide. Teaching is an art form.
-Self-directed learning - growth mindset - competency based assessment - personal learning networks.
Would this work with a private enterprise component? Within the learning network, could there be a corporate partnership?
I've had to step away from the OPENIDEO project during the holidays, but am interested in teaming up and contributing to a team effort...time permitting.
Also, as an American who visited Shanghai Disney, my mind was blown.

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Hi Jim,

There are a few others you might want to look at (which align with your research posts and expertise):

White Sp ace . . . Choose Your Own Adventure A New Financial Model for Higher Education 

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William Morris This would be a tough sell in the old system...but when we built a new system this could accelerate and diversify courses rapidly and take some work load off teachers.