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Revamp the whole education system to revolve around learners.

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 Although, higher education is supposed to prepare students to succeed in their field of interest. In general, the majority of higher education institutions, including many state schools, have been restructured to create huge profit margins at the citizens' expense.  State schools and university began to focus on  huge profit happen with-in the last 20 years. Now, It really doesn't matter whether the majority of students succeed. The schools will capitalize on the few that have excelled. 

My suggestion is to focus on the students. Yes schools need money, but not at determent of the students. Today, there are better resources to evaluate individual's learning preferences and the types of industries s/he can excel in. In Higher Education we can help students make better life choices by offering resources to inform students of their natural preferences.

Years ago, a friend from Germany, had informed me  that the children in his school district were evaluated for their natural learning preferences and interests and then placed accordingly. He was placed in classes that develop his interest in computer science and music. He became a successful software developer and an okay musician. He enjoys his work and his hobby.  As a result, he has made a very good living and many people and companies have benefited from his software. I wish I had that option.

First Higher Education would design the best method to teach the various learning styles and then  create learning pods to teach students. The students would learn how to use their personal style of learning to succeed.  Higher education would also offer, behavioral modification pods to help student create positive habits for success.  

School could hire teachers who have the natural abilities and interests to teach co-teach with Subject matter experts.   They would develop the best instructions and learning environments for their programs. 

 For example, medical students  can begin learning about patient care starting the first day of class through real world simulations.  Help students adapt to difference scenarios they may encounters. Place them in research labs outside of their medical interest to help them cross relate information.

Since many student in the medical field are healers, expose them the various ways people are healed.  Help them to see the whole person they are treating. Teach them how to motivate their patients in being  partners in their own healing. 

Openness in the medical field is needed.  A friend had referred me to a natural herbalist who use to practice medicine as an oncologist. He looked into my eyes and touched my skin. In an instance, he informed me about  future medical problems that would occur if I continued my present neglect.  

It was hard for me to take him seriously, because he was  so angry towards western medicine. I felt his anger. I believe, if medical students were taught a more wholistic approach to medicine our society would be healthier. I did change some of my habits and so far avoided colon cancer. 

Schools should offer all types of labs for where experts and students can create best methods teaching, devices for healing,  discoveries in space and etc.  School can be a more rewarding experience that would be carried over into all industries. Everyone benefits.  

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

My idea is designed for administrators, sociologist, psychologist, government, industries, teachers and students.

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?

Group of people from all those area the my ideas are designed for to flushed out the ideas more and to identify the resources to make it work. Test it out.

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

I don't know.

Tell us about your work experience:

I have a degree in Instructional Design. However, I came about the degree through years of researching where my interest lie. I worked as a health educator, I taught a couple of college courses, started a craft business and I could go on. I took all kinds of career tests. Interviewed people about their careers. Right now, I am learning how to create children's media . Those interest were there as a child and not totally explored until now. Presently, I am learning my trade and I am happy.


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Hi Brenda,

Thank you for posting.

Can you think of any ways that a more holistic medical education could be implemented?

Would something like this work -

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