During OnDeck I’m jamming with online educators all-day everyday and there’s nuggets of gold all around me.
I’ll share my notes with you. These are interesting ideas I’ve come across during week 1:
Online Course Accreditation: Proof-of-Work > Certificate
Universities give you a degree while online courses give you nothing.
There’s 2 interesting scenarios for online ed certification we discussed:
Standardized Accreditation: Companies like Woolf University pushing the boundaries of hybrid certification (learn course from X educator, but get a degree from known Y university). A distributed/open certification standard is the next step on the ladder, but no one has cracked this nut (yet).
Proof-of-work: PoW is a publicly visible output. Think of a portfolio or a product/service. In the future we might see employers/etc. evaluate a person by the work they have generated vs. the educational credential they have collected.
Feedback Loops: Micromastery & Simulation
Student experiences matter. If you don’t understand why you are learning something it’s much harder to stick to it.
Two creative ways of improving on the learning experience are:
Micromastery: Break down the course content into the smallest modules, which still teach an applicable skill. Learn for 10 minutes, and apply immediately. This will give positive reinforcement and motivate to go on. (h/t Ryan)
Simulators: Instead of using hypothetical examples involve the student with their own context. My ODCC fellow Mike is doing it via simulated Marketing Mix Modeling. Learners can upload their own data during the learning experience and get a valuable output at the end of each lesson. By the end of the course you know how to do MMM but also you have done it already with your own data. It’s genius.
Feedback loops are a powerful concept in a teacher’s toolbox.
I will report back next week.
As always, stay happy, stay healthy.
Let me know what’s on your mind. I’d love to hear from you.