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Invest MORE in faculty - re-tool professsors as higher ed innovators (counter to current trend to disinvest in faculty)

Direct resources towards re-training faculty in new pedagogies, and position those faculty to create cost-saving, tech-utilizing models.

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

This innovation, instead of making faculty the problem, makes them key to the solution. If faculty were re-trained in the best practices of engaged-learning and tech-blended learning, we could position faculty (and their students) to build cost-saving models of higher ed and increase higher ed access. For example, the engaged-learning "micro-campus" I pitched in another post represents significant cost savings, but it is only a viable and compelling option if we invest in re-training faculty.

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

The idea could be tested by existing universities willing to invest a) in faculty training in alternative pedadogies, and b) in the creation of experimental programs where those pedagogies and more cost-effective models of university might be tested.

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm
  • A student collaboration

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

  • Yes

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Hi Daniel! Alex here from the Path to Pitching, cool idea! Have you done any low-fidelity prototyping yet? You could set up interviews with faculty and students to test your hypotheses. If you're interested in pitching to the accelerators you will need to get out there soon and start getting feedback on your idea as problem/customer validation is important. Our milestones are a great roadmap of what you'll need to be pitch ready: https://challenges.openideo.com/content/milestones 

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