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Reconnecting purpose with placement

Artificial intelligence + Staffing & Recruiting + CBE = Passion filled students and employees

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Intro: The REAL Problem

Have you experienced the sensation (or lack there of) of staying up all night cramming for an exam? Being a good student, you got a 90%, but now it’s a few months later and of course your job is on the 10% you didn’t know. Unless you’re like the majority of graduates, in which case it’s on a completely different subject all together.

Companies waste thousands of dollars training these employees to do something they don’t even like so they can pay back an education they didn’t even use. It’s no wonder why schools and companies both have such an issue with attrition. 

The Solution

What if we used Artificial intelligence to help students identify their passions with the purpose of accomplishing tasks recognized and valued by someone who will pay for it? 

Step 1: Identify Passion

What career do you want to lock yourself into for the rest of your life? It’s a scary question and many people have such varied interests that if they only focused on one at a time, they may not even find out until after they retire. 

By empowering individuals to study what they love, students can build strengths in areas where they feel strong, cultivating the circumstances for self-actualization.

Step 2: Refine Cause

As an employer, would you rather have someone working for you who loves what they do, or is barely grateful to have a job? A Gallup poll discovered,

“at the end of the day, an intrinsic connection to one’s work and one’s company is what truly drives performance, inspires discretionary effort and improves wellbeing.”

By cultivating these connections in a competency based education (CBE) model with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) we can really set up students for success. Facebook and Google use a type of AI referred to as a knowledge graph in their day to day functions. Unlike keywords which search in a more linear fashion, graph search identifies what your looking for based on it’s contextual relationship.

This competency-based AI can simplify the path to the finish line. Students may create their own specialized or cross-disciplinary “degrees” resulting in more fulfilled individuals with meaningful careers.

Notes: More about the custom CBE program & classes

Step 3: Walk into Purpose

When you can connect your passion with a cause you are walking in your purpose. It is our purpose to help others self-actualize and this journey could not continue without connecting our students with jobs.

Introducing a staffing and recruiting model while students are enrolled enables students to tangibly experience where their education is leading them. Companies also have written competencies for their employees, usually organized into a job description. Matching these to the education competencies in the graph would streamline the staffing and recruiting process.

The AI would even suggest how students can recalibrate their course load based on selected career outcomes. Not only could this significantly reduce recruiting and onboarding expenses for company partners, but would focus students on their skill training and connect them with jobs much sooner then traditional models. This could also eliminate the disconnect between the thousands of open jobs and the thousands of “unqualified” post-grads.

Notes: More on Graph search/ AI, and company partners/ staffing


Passion filled students will have a guaranteed job and minimal if any education fees by the end of their program. Using already existing artificial intelligence technology with CBE, we can shorten the path it takes students to identify their passions and be a competent company asset walking in their purpose. Companies will spend less attention finding and training people on company time, will recruit higher quality candidates, and increase retention by having passionate employees increase their bottom line.

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

Have tested action mapping and CBE elements into some courses at Oral Roberts University. Currently testing out knowledge graph searches with videos.

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

- Artificial intelligence, networking, graph theory - Corporate business relations - Competency Based Education (CBE) curriculum mapping - Education professionsals I am also looking for a team to join me in the development process! Message/ comment if you want to join forces and create something even better then either of us could accomplish on our own.

Are you interested in the Path to Pitching track we've developed for this challenge?

  • Yes


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Photo of Alexandra Alden

Hi Andrew! Have you thought about joining our Path to Pitching track? It's for entrepreneurs who would be interested in pitching to our accelerator partners after the challenge ends:

I see you're already doing user testing, what could an organization that focuses on CBE look like? You can check out our Human Centered Milestones which provide a path to developing your idea:

Photo of Andrew Choflet

I would certainly be open to Pitching! I will start on the Human Centered Milestones now, are there other steps at this point I should be aware of?

Photo of Alexandra Alden

Hi Andrew! How are the milestones coming? Have you been able to get out and do some prototyping? The Pitch day will be in early Feb. so you will want to really develop your idea before then. You would also need a co-founder. Try to find someone who has expertise in an area that you don't, either ed, tech or business. Good luck!

Photo of Alexandra Alden

Hey Andrew! Wanted to circle back around and see how it's going with the development? Have you been able to do any prototyping? How'd it go?

Photo of Denny Wong

Hey Andrew - good idea. I like the CBE approach.

I look it up : Do you have any specific CBE model in mind or are you looking to build something ?

Photo of Joel Gingery

Nice!  I like the way that (some) responsibility is transferred to the student yet a professor retains the ability to guide learning.  Do you think that so-called project focused learning could also be incorporated into this type of program?

Photo of Andrew Choflet

Absolutely, I imagine a future where one of the primary reasons to attend university is becasue of the project centered environment. Projects could be built around testing/prototyping in order to assist the research efforts of the professor, recreating scenarios from industry, or through a Duolingo type model.

Duolingo fills company driven needs by crowdsourcing the answers from it's students. When they have enough content to verify a reliable answer, they sell it to the company for a profit.

Depending on the projects, they could contribute points toward multiple badges/ competencies, or have a badge of it's own.

Photo of Maria Salamanca

Very unique approach to the challenge, I can't wait to hear how experiment goes