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TED-of a Topic

TED-Ed already exists! Use this platform for nationwide TED lecture competitions. The winning lectures (views/ rating) could form a course

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TED of a Topic

in an open and online world we have seen great presentations for a number of years through TED. TED has recently started TED-Ed which is focused on education. My idea is simply to leverage the existing platform and use it to create courses with the best possible lectures available to everyone! 

TED already categorizes videos with many meta data tags. It would be a very small extension to add tags which allow for a structured course approach, creating the same possibilities as when you enroll in a physical program.

For example lectures could be tagged with Physics 101, or whatever typical labeling exists in higher education. All higher educational institutes could be challenged to submit lectures for any topic they want to add. 

Award ceremony to rival the Oscars!

This could come with a grand annual "TED-of the topic" recognition for lecturers of the year. This could easily be calculated per topic based on views and ratings.

over time this would lead to a syllabus of courses made up of the highest rated lectures.

Education as a profession could be cool? It should be!

the lecturers could also use the TED-ed program to create course material and questions, for class room based discussions.

This idea is not to make lecturers or teachers redundant, it is make the most inspiring lectures available to all, which then can be discussed in groups, with experienced guidance in the shape of class room teachers.

Like the teachers, the students in turn can be challenged to submit their own presentations as a response to challenging course work!

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

for everyone who wants to learn. It would help getting the best lectures out in front of everyone, whilst freeing up time of teachers to give more individualized attention to students. Students could be challenged to work together to solve more challenging questions or other homework. Students would focus on the skills of tomorrow, collaboration, creativity, presentation skills, problem solving, design thinking, all whilst guided by teachers who now have time to do so!

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?

how would we get the best institutes in the country to open up and submit their lectures to TED-Ed? how would institutes not feel like they may cannibalize their revenues? no great lectures on TED would exists if institutes of higher education would fail because of a lack of revenues. I believe it may be a challenge to convince these institutes, hence the question!

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

discuss the merit with students on whether they would prefer the best possible TED lecture, or class room lectures.

Tell us about your work experience:

work in the financial industry as a problem solver, get hung up about process design, am trying to contribute to a positive future through openideo


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Photo of Isaac Jumba

I love this idea! "Getting the best lectures out infront of everyone whilst freeing up time of teachers to give more individualized attention to students" is pretty cool. Also a way for educators to continue learning and be their best.

Photo of Joost Schouten

Hi Isaac, thank you for highlighting an important element of the idea; it should motivate teachers as well to be better guides/ coaches and come up with more stimulating material and conversation around the lectures/ documentaries. Not having to rehash the same lecture should give them the stimulus and time to achieve this!

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