Since the first lote event, education reality check and a topic of learning appears from thread to thread on the platform.
Making a Living Reloaded summarised dreaded flaws of conventional educational systems we all familiar with:
“gap between the knowledge gained through educational process and the education required for actual jobs…Outdated curricula and domination of theoretical knowledge.”
Pros and cons of e-learning and e-learning platforms personal experiences were also discussed.
Though, Edgeryders is about doing and learning by doing, not moaning about education. As @noemi put it in Making sense of Edgeryders experiences “Edgeryders place a lot of value in peer to peer learning and opportunity learning, online and through ICT technologies - this may be of value to the extent that labor markets are able to absorb this less specialized and more interdisciplinary oriented individuals.”
We are learning junkies, because that’s how we survived. We managed to learn before the formal education kicked in, through the environments and the peers. […] Studying sometimes does not provide a learning environment, but a huge amount of unsorted data which is not to be confused with learning.
Recent futurespotters threads have quite a few strong points on the importance and possibilities to fix education, by @hazem, @labanita and others. I’ll would like to make few quotes, I can totally relate to @Fayez “…the problem will not be solved with updating the current educational system, it will be solved by a new parallel system that is efficient.” And @amiridina “It’s not about FREE education, but QUALITY education”
@amalia_kamalian wrote "There are a lot of things that need to be reviewed and changed in our educational system. And if we can’t make the necessary changes in formal education /because of a number of hindering factors/ then we can try our best in informal education, creating a network of non-formal education ‘cells’ throughout the country concentrating not only on Yerevan.”
My point here is that Edgeryders community is strong on the fixing of education subject.
In March Viral Academy project was mothered by Edgeryders LBG. Viral Academy can and ideally should be customised and replicated anywhere. We’re now prototyping it in Matera, Italy. Sweden and UK to come this summer.
So far a small core team: @aden @hazzard, @lauren, and @fortyfoxes started fleshing out the methodology, social business model trying out and combining existing tools and resources. We not building another MOOC or a platform, because we can make use of and combine already available MOOCS and platforms to create a framework for learning relevant skills and make education viral. We will present the main points in the community call this week, welcome in and let’s work together!
We also have a social business model on the way, and it will be great to have people interested in fixing education passing on skills, building learning processes and environments, to join forces.