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!