'While the number of people in higher education has increased, the income divide on college campuses has widened'.
Source: University World News
Many different perspectives are not being considered.
Therefore, my idea is to offer greater perspectives in class discussions and debates and other areas of life for students.
People locally and from all parts of the world would offer their perspectives and views on different topics that are considered in class discussions and generally in an individual student’s life.
A ‘bank’ of people with their profiles could be created for this purpose tapping into higher education institutions, alumni networks and informal connections for this purpose.
Someone on a remote island in Tonga could read the reading material and offer their view in-class or if this is not feasible before the class for consideration e.g. by being paired up with a student on campus who could relay their perspective or send a pre-recorded perspective to be considered.
A local lawyer could be booked to offer in formal advice for perspective law students on campus.
For a class discussion on the Kyoto Protocol, the other perspectives that could be considered:
- a 20-year-old student in Samoa
- a retired Alaskan oil work
- a government official in Kuwait
- a worker at an environmental NGO in Chile
For a class discussion on the future of Artificial Intelligence, the other perspectives that could be considered:
- University expert in AI
- VC in AI
- Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
- students studying the course online
I am unable to develop this idea. Please if someone wants to develop this idea or a similar one, feel free to do so.
Could this be used to tap into the different perspectives from people in the local communities?
Could this be used for online students to give them a route to engage more in the discourse at their college campus?
How could you overcome the technical and logistics challenges? How could you create your bank of people?
Could this ‘different perspectives’ approach be informal and students could tap into the perspectives of different people via a booking system?
Could this be digital and include an international perspective and/or physical and include a local perspective?
Could this be used by students to get career advice and support?