In the Viral Academy we believe in small group work, our methodology is directly opposed to the idea of a teacher presenting in front of a twenty or more students, whether that be in a traditional class setting, or online. Such traditional teaching has it’s place, but there are already plenty of offline and online courses that offer one-to-many teaching. We will not succeed in adding to the current learning landscape by replicating existing or traditional teaching methodology.
Our methodology is “viral” - small autonomous groups, that are self supporting, and are able to recreate the teaching experience for others. By small we mean groups of less than ten people. Based on our present experience, it seems that team sizes of around six people seem the most effective. Each group learns together, and is supported by a facilitator (an agile teacher), and resourced by online experts. Our core aim is to facilitate the work of such learning groups, and to marry the physical nature of face-to-face collaboration with the economic and coordination capabilities of social networks.