GOAL: Higher Education and school itself, should be responsible for helping people understand their purpose in life. Giving them the opportunity for exploration will allow them to see what they are passionate about, good at, that the world needs and will pay for.
THE STUDENT WILL GAIN THE FOLLOWING:
People who see the world through different perspectives, are able to see a better picture of how they can be part of the global collaboration. Most students graduate from Higher Education knowing what they don't want to pursue. Their skills are limited to what the real-world needs. By doing exchanges within the city, a different state or even country, they will see what the world needs and will pay for. They will learn from different perspectives and find become open-minded empathetic people.
The same will outcome will happen if students were offered random classes such as cooking, architecture 101, farming, and other subjects offered to a target audience. Students leave High school where they were exposed to silos of subjects, making it hard to really understand their purpose.
As students gain perspective, create networking opportunities beyond their university and clicks, they will be able to create unique products/solutions to problems they are willing to pursue. By working in internships with interested companies they will get the real test of the job, of working, and how they can contribute.
By Collaborating with students from other branches and interests (roundtable 2.0) that could help grow the projects, students will gain more perspectives and ask more questions. These questions will eventually become a driving question they will pursue. Following the same process as OpenIDEO, the design thinking cycle, and using the different perspectives they have explores, they can come up with great solutions to problem. On of these projects should eventually be a global or community issues project. There should be a variety of projects for them to explore.
DEMONSTRATING THEIR LEARNING:
Students will have various ways to demonstrate their learning and earn specific skill "badges". They can create an exhibition, a pitch to companies, a project presentation to the community, a Tedex, or whatever way is best suited for the project in hand. The experts in the field, the specific teachers, the mentors in project will assess the skills that have been acquired and would determine what badges could be allotted.
The student is the worked and the teacher is a coach. The coach would guide the student through the process from A-Z. They would help the student identify their strengths and area of growth. They would guide them through projects to assure that the student is well rounded in both skills and experiences. The coach would guide them as to how to grow and through reflections, would guide the student.
Credits? Sitting hours? Years? It depends... We can all identify a student that is well rounded and ready to part of the real world. Coaches will identify this supported by the badging system the student portfolio with the projects and expert letters from each project. This will be much more transparent then a 4 in Physics... For hiring purposes, companies will know what the person has experience in, their passion, strengths, and room for growth. They can reach out to the community that has worked with them and get insights.