Hi Sanjna! Thanks for your thoughtful feedback :) I agree that the credibility of the platform and content is an absolute priority. Accuracy of contributions is an ambiguous concept because stories are mostly subjective. I think what's more important is the learner's ability to distinguish biases, misleading information and unreliable elements when evaluating a story. This is one of the skills I hope this story-driven learning platform could help students accomplish. Inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive content, on the other hand, are something we should be extremely mindful of. Here's how I think the moderation of content could work: - In an open community setting, like Quora or Facebook, users can flag inappropriate content. Content that violates the community guidelines would be taken down (although this might not be the best filter). - If the platform is used in classrooms, teachers are the moderators. Every time a student submits a pin, the teacher can review it and suggests improvements according to the the platform's community guidelines. As part of my vision, the teachers will have a dashboard that allows them to manage their class and track their students’ activities and progress. Every time a student submits content, his/her teacher will be notified. The teacher will review the work by following the platform’s community and curriculum guidelines.
We will establish our own community requirements which promote originality, uniqueness and exploration beyond the typical education model. Teachers do not force classroom requirements upon students but facilitate them in the submission process. They make sure that the students’ work align with the platform’s mission and community guidelines. This would help maintain the quality and authenticity of student-generated content.
My current research addresses the incentive question. The goal is not just to offer external incentives like rewards but to build intrinsic motivation by tapping into learners' natural curiosity and interests. My idea argues that the intellectual sweet spot, created by the shared contexts between two learners, functions as a natural curiosity and motivation stimulus. However I learned that this only works well if learners already have little barriers to sharing their perspectives and the incentive to interact with others at a meaningful level. That's why it might be a good idea to incorporate interactive games and social-emotional learning activities such as penpals. The question to tackle next is how these incentives can be imbedded in the platform through design.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I would say that the ultimate goal of the platform is to encourage individuals to go out and learn these multicultural contexts in real life. I'm aware that digitization can discourage us from connecting with our present world. However, being outside or travelling doesn't always mean learning. You can visit Finland on a vacation and learn nothing about their culture. This learning platform is a learning tool that teaches you about perspectives that have significance in real life. It helps you think differently when you go out and meet people. It doesn't eliminate the fears and risks of exploring the world but reassures you that it's okay to embrace those fears and risks. It encourages you to confront them even when you don't have the opportunity in real life. As a learning tool, the platform cultivates a mindset and changes the way you interact with others, not just offering benefits of bringing people together online. I know it's a noble thing to say but it's a path I believe in pursuing.
Let me know if you any other thoughts! Would love to hear. Ning
Thanks so much! We would design the algorithm so that learners are matched with those who share the same vision/goals but have different interests, experiences and perspectives. Based on my idea and research, this is the 'intellectual sweet spot' where you feel comfortable and incentivized enough to share and communicate with individuals with different ideas. Tuning the algorithm just right for this optimal space to happen is a tricky challenge but in theory it's definitely possible. For example, the way we organize the Learner's Profiles not only based on ideas they have but also experiences, goals and backgrounds gives us a holistic view of each learner - so no two learners are exactly the same. Even you are paired with a very similar partner, you'd be surprised by how much you can learn from them. Our intention is to avoid matching learners with starkly different backgrounds/experiences. But in practice this might not be the case. A major part of my current research is how to create authentic incentives for learners to interact beyond their barriers. One approach that proved quite effective from my experiments is incremental inquiry mixed with storytelling. You start by responding to an icebreaking question that leads up to the next question encouraging you to think more deeply. Then you share a story that has shaped a particular perspective you've discussed. It's counterintuitive but sharing something close to you is a great way to break through your own mindset barriers. It activates the incentives of curiosity and trust. My goal is to create a learning culture in which these incentives are embedded so that even two very different learners can share their stories and forge a bridge following their curious instinct.
Hope this addresses your questions! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me. Ning