This Semester, Sign Up to Meet More Humans

Posted on septembre 4th, by Caroline in Hacking education. No Comments

In the past months, technology has been taking the world of education on a wild ride. There are many ways of learning new things in 2013. 

The rise of Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCs) has become a white-hot topic, thousands of classes from top universities being offered online, for free, through Coursera, Udacity and edX (a joint venture of Harvard and MIT). And if you don’t mind shelling out a bit of money, a subscription to a service like Lynda will get you hours of tutorials on all subjects imaginable.

Other than taking content online, technology is also allowing us to do something that could be game changing: technology is allowing us to know what other people know.

Skillshare has been tapping into this by allowing you to learn from video-based classes recorded by experts all around the world, often for $20 or less. You can also ask questions to a vast online community on Q&A sites like Quora.

But what about all those people around us? Shouldn’t the learnings we gather every day by fraying with out own kind count as education?

Knowledge is all around us

There is an infinite pool of available knowledge out there. Everybody knows something we don’t. Maybe we don’t consider ourselves experts or have a teaching diploma, but most of us are happy to share our experiences and passions.

Interested in exploring journalism? The person sitting right next to you at the coffee shop could be a reporter for the national paper.

What if you had a way to know that, and know that this person would be happy to share his experience with you over coffee?

That’s what we’re working on.

This semester, let’s sign up to meet more humans.

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