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"College 360" Students learn via an online program that allows for unlimited student education. "A transformation of literacy in the U.S."

Students will be enabled to learn via an online format that will engage all learners, while limiting expenses for campuses.

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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it reimagine the cost of college?

The audience for this would be all low income learners, who do not have the money to travel to campuses or the resources to attend. This would also work well with my "Peer Collaborative Pairs" project because it would allow for all students to attend college and receive the support they need. "College 360" would re-invent the American university model into a public education model for students not able to pay for a tuition. This would ensure all Americans to a college education.

"College 360" would enable all students to attend a public institution. It would further aid students because learning would be done via their own homes and travel would not be necessary. Online learning platforms would transform the public university into an online model and students without adequate funding could learn at home. Students who would need some financial aid, would support these students via the establishment of "Peer Collaborative Pairs", a support system for every student enrolled in the program. The integration of an online format would cut costs of every public university because courses could be online and the need for heating buildings would be cut in half, as all courses could be done via an online and classroom setting. College enrollment would increase but students serving as mentors would aid classroom professors in grading and teaching students, who could not afford to attend. This would transform the literacy and education level of all Americans!

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

I have already tested out "Peer Collaborative Pairs" at the middle and high school level. I could test pilot this at Millersville University, a local state college. It could also be piloted at Harrisburg Community College and local Penn State campuses. This wold just need all students to have internet access and if students did not have access, they could be taught at gyms, in their own neighborhoods or even community churches with internet access. In Lancaster, PA.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

I would need the skills of technology experts to identify and gaps in my program, especially if many students had broadband. I'm thinking that is why the community centers would evaluate any problems. Also, I know students who are at or below the poverty level are able to receive free phones and I know free computers are given away via a program I enrolled in.

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"College 360"... Fill ALL Seats....Is a Classroom Without Walls....and enables the American population to meet the needs of a growing under literate class. See Below!

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