Education for many is hindered by three critical constraints that I believe can be resolved through the use of a novel platform based on modern technology practices from the fourth industrial revolution.
The Three Constraints:
1. Great teachers and their lesson plans are monopolized by few institutions restricting the number of students who have access to the best learning techniques.
2. New teachers require years of practice to develop new lesson plans wasting countless hours reproducing the same information with every new cohort of teachers.
3. Teachers are forced to create lesson plans for a variety of students and therefore struggle to tailor their lessons around unique student learning styles leaving some students, who require more nuanced approaches, behind.
To resolve these three critical educational constraints and generate a disruptive boom in educational outcomes I propose the government pioneer the creation of a digital Open Learning Library where teachers could share, modify, and leverage lesson plans from other teachers who demonstrate the best outcomes. Students on the other hand could find lessons that are best suited to their learning styles for any subject.
To do this I propose the government treat lesson plans the same way a programmer treats code in an Open Source project. In what I’m calling an Open Learning Library – for free or a modest fee – anyone can create their own lesson or access and adapt a gifted teachers’ version of a lesson plan to suit their learning needs and style based on the outcomes of other students who succeeded in leveraging a particular teaching method.
This democratisation of learning material would dramatically reduce the amount of time a teacher takes to prepare for lessons by providing greater access to the best lessons – freeing up valuable time for individual coaching and tailoring lessons around their class’s needs – instead of designing lesson plans from scratch. It would also encourage a race to the top educational standards by transparently giving teachers and students more visibility into how different lessons teaching the same subject impacted the scores of students who learned using a particular method over another.