This is a modified version from first blog post on Crowducate. I would love to hear your feedback.
What is Crowducate?
At Crowducate the crowd educates itself. Hence, open education. You know this concept from Wikipedia. Unlike Wikipedia, Crowducate is not an encyclopedia. The two main differences from Wikipedia are structured and interactive courses. By structured I mean that the content is divided into bite-sized chunks (i.e. lectures), which are grouped into sections. Interactive means that each lecture checks if the learner understood the material – currently via a quiz (more interactive options follow soon).
Besides, courses are related to users. Other users can copy courses, which empowers them to develop the copied courses into different new courses (e.g. specializing topics, language translation, etc.). Some of you know these mechanics from open-source software and notably GitHub, respectively.
What is the Benefit to other Open Education Alternatives?
Many of you have notices the raise of massive open online courses (MOOCs). The question is, are they truly open? Most MOOCs have put offline courses online. They’ve “just” taken the conventional teaching model and scaled it. Have a log at the next figures (yellow indicating teachers and white students, respectively).
The system of teaching in MOOCs
Don’t get me wrong. This is great. This empowers people all over the world to study from their electronic devices. Many courses have more than 100,000 students. Impressive.
However, a genuine open education means something else. It means that teaching, i.e. the content creation, also opens up.
The system of teaching and learning at crowducate.me
Open Source on all Levels
In contrast to MOOCs, at Crowducate all courses are open source. This means people can copy courses to develop into different branches. Furthermore, the whole software itself is open source, too. You can find the source code at Github. You see, Crowducate is not only serious about open education but also open source.
How YOU can contribute
1st option: You might prefer to start learning something at Crowducate by just clicking on a specific course. Whenever you think, “there’s a grammatical mistake” or “answer x from the multiple-choice question of lecture y is too vague” or whatever it is, you can click to send a change request to the teacher. Cool huh? Through this feedback process the courses become better and better.
2nd option: You copy an existing course by clicking , use it as your base and develop it the way you want.
3rd option: (1) Sign-up/Log-in, click (2) TEACH, (3) CREATE COURSE and now you can start creating a course from scratch.
That’s it for now. Get in touch however you prefer (here, email, twitter feedback/support forum. etc.)