Learning Goes Hybrid
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Last month, we announced our partnership with Skillshare to dive deeper into learning. Today, we are going further with Skillshare, offering up their new hybrid model for three courses in our School of Emerging Media & Technology: Understanding Marketing Madness from JWT’s James Cooper, Leverage Your Creativity for Good with charity: water’s Paull Young, and The Art of Cult-Like Loyalty from Ligaya Tichy. To tell you more, let’s hear from Skillshare’s own Michael Karnjanaprakorn. (see the original post here.)
“We’re incredibly excited about the launch of hybrid classes today, to allow anyone, from anywhere in the world to learn real world skills through collaborative learning. Partners like Social Media Week have contributed hugely to building our community of passionate teachers and students – they’re helping close a major skills gap in and, adding hybrid classes, are now making those skills from industry experts accessible globally.”
Our team comes to work every day to answer one question: “if you had to rebuild education from the ground up for the 21st century, what would it look like?”
At Skillshare, we embarked on a mission to create a better way to learn real-world skills. We spent the last year teaching dozens of classes ourselves and attending hundreds of classes ourselves. Based on these experiences, we set out to design a philosophy of what we believe a learning experience should be.
We learned that there’s a major difference between education and learning. Education is what someone tells you to do. Learning is what you do for yourself. The traditional way of education forces square pegs into round holes. It’s a one-size-fits-all solution that forces people down a predetermined path.
But, what would the world look like if you put the student at the center, instead of the teacher? What if you designed a learning experience around passion, real-world skills, community, collaboration, and creativity?
Based on these principles, we started to shape an education philosophy called Collaborative Learning. It starts by replacing lecturing with doing, teaching with facilitating, and competition with collaborating.
Today, we’re excited to announce that Skillshare classes will now be available globally with the launch of Hybrid Classes.
Hybrid classes embody our philosophy around Collaborative Learning. They are project-based classes that combine online lessons and in-person workshops. Students will be able to enroll in hybrid classes from anywhere in the world (yes, we’re going global today, too!).
We still believe that in-person, face-to-face collaboration is the essential key to any good learning experience and it’s the common thread between all classes on Skillshare. In addition to Hybrid classes, students will still be able to learn in person from a local teacher, just as they have been doing on Skillshare to date.
How Hybrid Classes Work
1. Real-world projects. Students learn through a hands-on project by doing, making and collaborating.
2. Less lecturing. Teacher acts as a facilitator by designing a project, curating resources, and providing feedback to students.
3. Online Discussions. Students can ask questions, share links, and get feedback from other students around the world.
4. In-Person Workshops. To foster a collaborative learning experience, students will meet in-person to collaborate and work on projects together in their cities.
I’ve been teaching a pilot class on “Launching Your Startup Idea” over the past 6 months to hundreds of students all over the world. Some of my students have been featured in Mashable, The Next Web, and others have gone on to run successful companies.
Today, we’re launching with some exciting classes from Fred Wilson’s How to Be in Business Forever: A Lesson in Sustainability to I Spy DIY’s Statement Jewelry Making to charity: water’s How to Leverage Your Creativity for Good. We invite you to enroll and learn some new skills!
The world’s most abundant resource is excess knowledge and skills. It just needs to be shared and made accessible to every single person on this planet. Skillshare will continue to build a community of teachers and students who have a passion to share real world skills through collaborative learning. Together, we can create a better world for our kids’ kids’ kids.