A Colearning Space is a concept that materializes collaborative learning into a physical open space with a Lifelong Learning Culture. For anyone to Learn, to Teach and to Create, whatever you want, when you want, with whoever you want.
Despite being thought of as a physical Space, Colearning is not restricted to, or as a specific, or a single fixed space.
Colearning is an Education Philosophy, part of my vision of the Education of the Future.
To be a Colearning Space it needs to successfully converge specific resources and agents into an Open Space (different from broad/wide/large space), with a Crowdsourced Curriculum, a Community-Driven and Geo-Aware, and a Data Driven approach where everyone can Teach, Learn and Create.
Like “coworking” where people don’t work together. That’s just a workspace.
Colearning Space is a smart space that pursues a Data Driven approach to support an autonomous, episodic, asynchronous individual Learning Pathways. The space must be an active actor and a tool, to enhance the learning experience as a whole, promoting Teaching, Learning, and Creation at the highest level.
It’s “Co” – from collaborative – so it makes use of Crowdlearning, Active Learning, and many other practical and participatory pedagogic methodologies to achieve its goals to generate readiness to learn and a willingness to learn.
Where everything is carefully thought out to optimize every aspect of Learning, Teaching, and Creation at an individual pace, goals, and needs — not grades, exams, classrooms, subjects, scores, diplomas, or certificates.
Colearning Space is where you feel excited, fresh, engaged, enthusiastic, and infused like you once felt.
Where you Teach and Learn things for (your) life.
That’s a Colearning Space.
One of the pillars of the Future of Education and a New Global System – which I will create.
Hi, my name is Julio, and I write that Colearning Space is a concept because I developed — but unfortunately I haven’t been able to build it yet.
I first started to publicly talk about it in late 2016 and during most of 2017.
The idea came from “Learning Communities“, a 1995 methodology that a set of schools from Barcelona, Spain, took to overcome educational failure and reversing low learning rates.
I extended that, and added Smart Cities, Architecture, Urbanism, User Experience, Data, Design, Community Management, Software concepts, parts, tools, and features, to imagine an environment, that would promote the same amazing privilege of growing up in a Culture of Learning that I had.
That privilege wasn’t based on tools, or toys, or travels, or great schools. That privilege was a strong incentive to curiosity and ingenuity, the freedom, and autonomy to experiment, to deal with consequences and failure. To imagine how things could be different and to commit to better myself and the world around me.
That becomes the best part of me, and I want to bring that to the rest of the World.
I’ll still gonna build this.
I’m working to post more content about each specific part of the Colearnig. Soon I will detail every one of the 6 aspects above, plus the other 16 elements that make a Colearning Space.
The modern scenario (Covid-19) of a centralized Educationl System – through schools and colleges – made parents victims of becoming involuntary teachers overnight with no preparation, no experience or clue about teaching.
With an open-source structure of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development the whole Education system can be cheaper, more flexible, and resilient because based on multiple touchpoints rather than a single school, college or teacher.
This thinking follows the current times with constant search for knowledge, information being everywhere, and faster and transitory life cycles that can complement the strong and unique University toolkit: A Platform for Students as Producers; Extensive and Critical Academic Research (Innovation); Valuable Feedback System; Strong Network.
A Global Competence Map that uses brokedown pieces of various formal, non-formal, informal, and incidental education through people, companies, courses, classes, and experiences and combines it with user-generated content (in a Crowdlearning Model) in a richer, distributed way. That can be adjusted in real-time and be context-specific demography, culture, and individual goals.
Like the ride–hailing industry did and continue to do with mobility systems.
The Modern Educational Schedule it’s an archaic, inflexible structure to a fast everything-on-demand society. It no longer works and the 2020 health crisis (Covid-19) shows it – school day, school year, and division of subjects are all futile constructs.
In a nutshell: Spaces shape the behavior of people and the activities and tasks performed, these then (already being shaped), shape the behavior of (others) people(s) in that space — like an employee or a student — and those specific tasks and activities that are done.
Think of public parks benches, or bus stops, and train stations. That shows how design and a more recent urban architecture (the 90s), has been designed to influence, in a subtle way or more explicitly, public behavior.
This is called “hostile architecture” or “defensive architecture”.
What if Congress and Chambers could enhance transparency, public participation, and ethics? What if a room could affect a Judge’s decision? What if school spaces could enhance not only learning, but could reduce anxiety, misogyny, xenophobia, racism, or address bullying?
We spend an average of 87% of our lives within spaces. So there’s a lot of big decisions and events, and people being influenced by spaces and therefore by people.
The idea is to make the physical places as efficient and responsive as software.
Geo-Aware and Community-Driven Education are about making the Education Process go beyond the limits of any traditional classroom or buildings, involving the whole community in the process.
It’s about owning the space. To encourage diversity, the mixing of ideas, meaningful encounters, reforging individual identities. To learn about the World, enjoying migratory waves and culturally rich multi-ethnic neighbors to understand cultures through people – not Sites or Apps. To make us more qualified and more empathic.
Geo-Aware and Community-Driven Education it’s about turning Education into a more early and proactive agent in solving real-world problems and life situations around you – small or big. To make schools “innovation incubators” for neighbors, cities, and estates making the Government (Local, State, and Federal), Institutions, Entities, NGOs, Small Businesses and Companies active agents in the Educational Process.
A system that allows everyone to easily discover, compare, understand, learn, teach, create, and access multiple potential areas of interest, mentors, paths, and opportunities.
To seamlessly integrate everything in a customized and personalized individual tool. Companies, Museums, Art Centers, Libraries, Schools, Universities can:
Every Space is a School.
The traditional educational environment is restricted and obscure. It’s far from the real-life turbulence that must of us experience.
We need Data. To adjust to a modern contextual and episodic learning style, to reduce asymmetries, balance the privilege gap and big-institutions syndrome, and optimize the time and money (ROI) and help everyone master critical skills to achieve their particular goals.
For years, courses completed, grade level, and test scores have been the metric that matters for teachers, schools, and colleges that act as proxies for what students know rather than allowing students to show what they know.
We need to move the Education away from the arbitrary metrics toward a competency-based approach. To assess and rewards a broader definition of learning and growth thought relevant Data.
A classroom as a tool (‘All-Spaces-as-a-School’) to track your progress and learn about each individual in the course of their whole education, predict and suggest a real-time learning pathway all the way, measure and adjust global skill pools, offer customized and personalized curriculum to each phase (kindergarten through high school, and college), quickly respond to blocks and difficulties, and adjust accordingly.