Over a month ago, I wrote a post titled ” Working Smart | 6 Places For Students to Learn Better ” and at the top of my list of these up-and-coming education innovators was SkillShare.com. Now they’re in the news again for offering new and innovative ‘Hybrid Classes’. Before we get into what Hybrid Classes are, here’s some background on SkillShare.com:
Basically, SkillShare’s platform is designed so people are able to learn anything, anywhere. Whatever you want to learn, you should one day be able to find a class on at SkillShare.com. SkillShare.com is lead by their fearless leader, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, serving as CEO & Co-Founder. Previously, Michael led the product team at Hot Potato, which was acquired by Facebook. He is also a Venture Advisor for Collaborative Fund, 2012 TED Fellow, and listed as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 by Fast Company.
In a recent Forbes article about this New York based startup, SkillShare formally annonced their ‘Hybrid’ learning classes:
“‘Hybrid’ courses – month-long programs where students learn by collaborating on a guided project rather than by absorbing material from a lecturer.” …
15 new lessons were published that qualify for the ‘Hybrid’ learning program.
- Real-world projects. Students learn through a hands-on project by doing, making and collaborating.
- Less lecturing. Teacher acts as a facilitator by designing a project, curating resources, and providing feedback to students.
- Online Discussions. Students can ask questions, share links, and get feedback from other students around the world.
- In-Person Workshops. To foster a collaborative learning experience, students will meet in-person to collaborate and work on projects together in their cities.
With SkillShare’s student base currently exceeding that of the California College System, it’s clear that their popularity will continue to grow. The face of education is changing and SkillShare.com is one of the catalysts, but they’re not the only player in the game. It will be exciting to see who becomes the dominate player in the self-education/self-college arena.