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Thoughtstarter: Spotify for 'On the Go' Learning [Please Build On This]

Platform to build or download pre-prepared playlists from short audio learning chunks (5 to 15 minutes) and share for bespoke learning

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My idea is for a platform with short audio learning chunks of different lengths lasting from 5 to 15 minutes. They are short learning podcasts from industry experts, pitches for ideas, insights from alumni, personal perspectives, alumni etc. 

Users can create playlists of audios for themselves or for others or use pre-selected playlists and share them. 

I can't develop this idea but if someone wants to feel free to build on this idea and post a new idea focused on 'anytime, anywhere' learning. 


Could this be used by lecturers to create playlists to share with students (e.g. audios of different personal accounts from a natural or man-made disaster)?

Could this be used by all students to learn about people in careers allied to their interests and about the latest developments in these sectors?

Could this be used by all students and/or their mentors to produce ‘personalised’ experiences for them based on their needs? (e.g. if a student is at risk of dropping out, their mentors could create a podcast of stories of people in a similar situation and of advice networks they could reach out to)

Could this be used by lifelong learners to up skill and help them if they are considering changing careers?

Could this be used by high school students to prepare for college?

Could this be used for user-generated content, e.g. could a student studying at Berkley create a 5-minute audio on life on campus for prospective college students?

Would users pay an institution subscription e.g. one-year membership for Nottingham University for all academic staff and students to upload and share content?

Would this be pay-as-you-go?

What would be the first target group?

Background information:

The average travel time to work in the United States is 25.4 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The average time a person spends taking a shower is 8.2 minutes.

On average Americans spend 30 minutes a day on meal prep.

On average, Americans spend only 1 hour and 8 minutes of every weekday consuming food and drink.

On the days they did household activities, women spent an average of 2.6 hours on such activities, while men spent 2.1 hours

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

Students currently in higher education, lifelong learners including career changers and high school students. Higher education professionals. It will allow for targeted support and tailored learning for all students, including lifelong learners, career changers and high school students.

This idea emerged from:

  • An individual

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

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Photo of Teo John

Dear Kate,

We could use iTunes platform for this puprose . There is also iTunes University platform in which courses are offered from the participating Universities..

Photo of Kate Rushton

Thanks Teo! I agree! I am hoping that this sparks a few more 'anytime, anywhere' ideas on the challenge.

Photo of Erik Kokkonen

Totally agree with this point - iTunes was the first thing I thought of as I read through the idea

Photo of Kate Rushton

Thanks, Erik!

We have a few learning 'on-the-go' ideas in the refinement stage of this challenge that you might want to check out - such as Pnutek and MoMint- Updated: Feb. 6th, 2017 

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