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Do It Yourself University - is it time?

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Jeff Young on Jun 16, 2011
Tagged in: purpose, learning, innovation, education

I ran into the following video last night in my reading.   It appears that others are also thinking about changing some of the traditional assumptions about learning and learning institutions.  For that, I cheer as I have long held the observation that traditional education, while having served us well for hundreds of years, is in need of an overhaul.

I would want to caution, however, against the idea of completely learning on your own.  I am not sure yet exactly how the author, Anya Kamenetz, visualizes the future of education as I haven't yet purchased and read her book.  But I do strongly feel that mentoring and coaching needs to be part of a good strong learning path. 

There is a famous model called the Johari Window.  Which makes the point that in order to grow, you need to reveal to yourself your hidden "blind spots."  These are things about yourself that you cannot see.  Everyone has blind spots and everyone can benefit in their growth by revealing them.  Many professional organizations have peer reviewed aspects of their learning to deal with this.  A Do It Yourself University hopefully will be no different.

This is why Co-ignite uses coaches and mentors in the learning programs.  We help guide a purpose driven learning program that is designed and owned by the learner but guided by a mentor.  This is what Co-ignite sees as the future of learning and education.