1 Lectures are not the way to learn. -> Essential PBL (Project Based Learning is the right way to go).
2 Academia and the corporate world are disconnected in a lot of ways:
a. Hiring is costly and inefficient. Looking at GPA is not the right way to hire. -> Student projects provide a deeper and higher explanation power about what a candidate can really create.
b. Students learn too little about how to think and how to create. They enter the industry to follow and take years for them to gain 'creator' mindset to think for complex challenges.
c. Training is expensive.
3 Student tuition are not transparent. Students, especially undergraduates, should be paying to the necessary parts from which they receive benefits.
【How does it work?】
In Junior and Senior year, all student
A. a framework to produce PBL course in a more efficient manner to lower the cost of course design,
An analogy would be OpenIDEO platform: given the framework of several steps in idea creation, we only need to worry about content change for every new challenge.
B. $ student pay for a course = $course content material + $ advising(Optional)
In addition to lower cost of course design, students have opportunities to pay even less for the class, if they can find the mentors outside school, recognized by the course professor. Therefore, each PBL course would not need too many mentors, whose salary may comprise a huge part of the course cost.
1 Significantly decrease the tuition cost for students in Junior and Senior years through:
a. replacing all exam-oriented courses to project-based courses
b. producing PBL courses at the lowest courses
c. mobilizing the intellectual powers outside academia to mentor
students as advising fee for course professors is optional
2 Promote PBL and project-based transcript to bridge the disconnect between academia and industry:
a. encouraging project-based transcript as a more concrete way to
identify students' competencies and potentials, so to:
i. better the hiring process
ii. save companies in professional training
iii. prepare more talent to solve complex challenges
【Questions to think about】
1 If we look deeper in the repetitive and most costly part of professional training, we can incorporate the findings into designing the PBL framework.
More to update soon:
【Prototype for PBL production framework】
【Sample PBL course design with more details】