Myklassroom.com, a social learning platform
MyKlassroom founded with the vision of connecting the world of education through the social web and virtual classrooms.
Students at myklassroom.com will be able
- to collaborate among the peers beyond institutional boundaries
- to monitor and improve their performance.
- to express themselves and form deep social connections with their institutions and friends.
Learning has always been a social phenomenon; the environment has a deep impact on how the learners absorb new skills. but the e-learning environment is still more individualistic. With a lot of online courses sprouting out everyday, the student is more confused than ever to choose a course that would suit him/her. We looked at many elearnings platform both using social tools and not using them and built our cool new platform using 4 main theories that we believe is essential for a better learning experience.
Collective knowledge > Individual knowledge
The Wisdom of Crowds
Decisions made by the crowds are often better than could have been made by any single member of the group. World's greatest encyclopedia (Wikipedia) is a great example of collective knowledge. With the increase of web applications' capabilities over the past two decades, the capabilities for crowdsourcing techniques has been greatly increased, and now the term often refers exclusively to web based activity. While the potential for web-based crowdsourcing has existed for many years, we would like to bring that to the field of education and learning
But there are certain criteria that need to be address for the success of collective learning.
Power of peers
It's becoming increasingly clear that people's behavior is shaped by their peer; for good or bad. Intelligent, hard-working students can affect their peers through knowledge spillovers and through their influence on academic and disciplinary standards in the classroom. According to research, Our single closest friend may have less influence than expected because we commonly choose close friends who are like themselves. We at myklassroom.com are trying to bring in diverse set of people learning similar skills to impact and influence the learning behavior across campuses.
World is a great classroom
Most teachers are limited to their classroom, or to the environment within which they and their students can interact. The whole world is a classroom for our learners. Working with different cultures and diverse set of people adds to better understanding. In a flat world as envisioned by Thomas Friedman in his book World is flat, globally dispersed teams work together in meeting customer needs and we believe in connecting students across countries to share their knowledge help them learn more efficiently.
Non formal learning
"Learning which is embedded in planned activities not explicitly designated as learning (in terms of learning objectives, learning time or learning support), but which contain an important learning element. Non-formal learning is intentional from the learner's point of view. It typically does not lead to certification."
Learners are unique
Every learner has a unique skill to absorb and understand the content. A teacher needs tools that would enable him to understand the student to cater to him/her more effectively. Lets look at different learning styles and how they impact learning effectiveness.
Felder and Silverman's Index of Learning Styles
Once you know where your preferences lie on each of these dimensions, you can begin to stretch beyond those preferences and develop a more balanced approach to learning. Not only will you improve your learning effectiveness, you will open yourself up to many different ways of perceiving the world.
Example Sites like Khan academy and Vi hart provide great ways to learn Math. Below are sample of Math multiplication offered by both the sites.
Vi Hart Multiplication
Khan Academy multiplication
Though they address the same knowledge area, we believe they address different audience. Khan academy is more suited for a person studying for an exam, it helps student to understand the process of math with the help of the video. Vi Hart on the other hand, is suited for a person trying to understand science behind Math. Top universities of the world have also opened their doors through open courseware.
At Myklassroom.com, we are trying to understand the student, their skills, their needs, their interest, and map it out to most relevant content. Like any other social platform, we believe in the community to perfect the job. Our categorization engine chooses appropriate content for the student. The social group at Myklassroom.com helps us to fine-tune the results to a specific user.
Myklassroom.com is built on a SAAS framework to support educational institutions in their ongoing management of their learning process.Our intelligent social mapping algorithm maps the student's profile with premium educational content available online including but not limited to lectures from premier institution like Harvard, Stanford, MIT and IIT (free/ paid service).
Myklassroom's analytical engine will help teacher to spend less time to analyze a class data and help plan class to improve the performance of the students. Our social, collaboration tools will engage all the stakeholders of a school and build a strong community of students and faculty.