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Global Education Unlocked

Our challenge is to unlock the power of education for everyone by using technology to create a step-change in learning outcomes.
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$6,500
Overview

Challenge Overview

Introduction

Traditional education at the school level (K12) is beset with problems of access and resources, creating a gap that is daunting for most kids in the developing world and the underprivileged in developing countries. With this innovation contest, we hope to develop technology-based tools and solutions that can convert learning into an open resource to unlock the unique benefits only education can bring. 

We are all familiar with online learning in many forms today, from a quick google search to e-learning for training at one’s workplace. Although mostly limited to higher education or skills retraining in technology-related subjects, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have become ubiquitous. However, the large enrollments and flexibility of these virtual classes create an impersonal atmosphere and they suffer from a high dropout rate. 

Context 

Traditional education at the school level (K12) is beset with problems of access and resources, creating a gap that is daunting for most kids in the developing world and the underprivileged in developing countries. With this innovation contest, we hope to develop technology-based tools and solutions that can convert learning into an open resource to unlock the unique benefits only education can bring. 

We are all familiar with online learning in many forms today, from a quick google search to e-learning for training at one’s workplace. Although mostly limited to higher education or skills retraining in technology-related subjects, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have become ubiquitous. However, the large enrollments and flexibility of these virtual classes create an impersonal atmosphere and they suffer from a high dropout rate. 

Most current offerings in online education at K12 level have many shortcomings. Even worse, with the pandemic has come a forced adoption of online education that was never planned for and is severely limited in what it can provide young learners.

At the most basic level, most public schools in the US provide to each student a laptop or tablet device, along with subscription to a cloud-based subscription to productivity suite. However, the classroom is traditional in every sense, including instruction and activities. 

At the K12 level, two major types of online classroom offerings exist: blended learning and distance learning. 

In the blended classroom, teachers utilize computer-mediated personalization of instruction sets and flexible learning schedules for each student. However, the course contents are the same for all students and are the same as traditional classrooms. Automatic feedback from quizzes often do not relate back to concepts or skills of the subject matter. Tracking progress individually is also a challenge. Measurable gains in learning are hard to assess, partly because of lack of standards in metrics. The blended classroom is only available in a few schools in the US and is largely experimental and exclusive. 

Distance education (also called remote or virtual learning), is typically only available as a supplement. Students and parents use online course material on a fully flexible schedule.  Assessment-based personalization of material and progress tracking through coursework is available on some platforms but a sense of community is difficult to foster at scale. Pedagogical developments in this space are still evolving. Moreover, barriers to access remain strong.

We founded Broad Learnings with the vision to help everyone the opportunity to maximize their learning outcomes, regardless of barriers. Our platform not only provides free access to quality academic material to all, but also offers personalized learning paths for students. However, we find that to realize our mission, we need to wield next-level tools, technologies, and methods in innovative ways to win a step-change in learning outcomes for all students. This is our challenge.

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Challenge Updates

Last two weeks!

Sept. 8, 2020, 11:40 a.m. PDT by Broad Learnings

We are in the final two weeks of the Global Education Unlocked challenge!

This message is to gently remind you to complete and finalize your submission before the deadline - 9:00 AM CDT   on September 22, 2020. The HeroX platform is automated so your submission must be finalized before that date for it to be considered for the judging stage.

View a How-To video on completing your submission here: https://herox.com/help/98-how-to-submit-an-entry-screencast 

If you have any questions regarding the competition, please don’t hesitate to ask us by leaving a comment in the forum.

If you encounter any technical issues with the HeroX platform, please contact HeroX tech support at  

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your submissions!


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Aug. 29, 2020, 8:50 a.m. PDT by Broad Learnings

Have you thought about forming a team to compete in the Global Education Unlocked challenge? Teams can be formed directly on the challenge page by going to the team matching section, or by connecting in the forum.

 

Some of the advantages of forming a team include:

 

1. Accountability

Those deadlines are less likely to get away from you when you are working with a group.

 

2. Shared workload

You know the old “divide and conquer?” It works well for challenges too! By finding a solid collaborative stride, a group of even just three people can churn out a lot more than one person working alone.

 

3. Camaraderie

It might be hard for other people to relate to your lone wolf journey toward incentive competition conquest, but your team will be right there with you! A source of inspiration, motivation, and perhaps even fire-under-your-butt lighting, teammates can provide a huge emotional advantage.

 

4. Specialization

Maybe you are a real visionary with an incredible concept but are stuck on how the “nuts and bolts” fit together. Yeah, YOU need a team. Teammates who have the skills and special working knowledge can be a huge resource. And the benefits go both ways!

 

Rome was not built in a day. Your team will take some time to come together, so be sure to get ahead of it and start recruiting, reaching out, and networking about the challenge now. The team matching section is the best place to start to find individuals seeking teams and teams seeking individuals with specific expertise. If you don’t have any luck there, then try starting a new topic in the forum!


Announcement - Judge for the Challenge: Dr Jeff Davis

Aug. 20, 2020, 7:21 a.m. PDT by Broad Learnings

 

Jeffrey R. Davis, MD is the Founder and CEO of Exploring 4 Solutions, LLC.  He is a recognized international leader and consultant in strategic and open innovation, human system risk management in health care systems, and aerospace medicine.  He provides consulting expertise and experience in strategic and open innovation through keynote lectures, collaborative and open innovation projects, organizational change management, and project management.  

Jeff also teaches open innovation in MBA, Executive MBA, engineering and management courses.  He is an Executive-in-Residence at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH), an instructor at the Rice University Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, and a fellow at Open Assembly. 

Jeff also serves on the Advisory Board for VentureLab, an advisor to the Ignite HealthCare Network, a member of the advisory council for Medical Bridges, a board member of the Technology Collaboration Center, and as an advisor to the Grayline Group in Innovation and Health Technology.  

Prior to Exploring 4 Solutions, Jeff served as the Director, Human Health and Performance, and the Chief Medical Officer for the NASA Johnson Space Center.  He helped develop and served as the deputy director for the NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI).  Jeff received his B.S. degree in Biology from Stanford University, an M.D. degree from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master of Science degree from Wright State University.  He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Additional information can be found on LinkedIn.


Announcement - Judge for the Challenge: Ms Tiffany Chenier

Aug. 19, 2020, 9:45 p.m. PDT by Broad Learnings
Ms Tiffany Chenier

Tiffany M. Chenier is the principal of T.H. Rogers School, which is noted for the academic excellence of its gifted and talented students in the Vanguard program as well as its programs for the multiply impaired. 

Tiffany is a twenty-eight year veteran of the Houston Independent School District. She started her teaching career at Anderson Elementary in 1992 as a 4th grade teacher and quickly ascended the ranks to Instructional Lead Teacher and then assistant principal. She also worked as an adjunct professor for Texas A&M University in the Learning to Teach in Inner City Schools Teacher Preparation Program. She served as principal of McNamara Elementary for approximately 13 years, where under her leadership, the school embraced the technology age through implementation of the blended learning instructional model, which resulted in Tiffany and the campus being featured in an article in Education Week in November of 2015. 

Tiffany earned a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Texas Southern University, M.S. Degree in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University, and Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program Business Fellowship from Rice University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. at Abilene Christian University.

Tiffany is a wife and proud mother of five children and five grandchildren. She is also a very devoted woman of faith. Tiffany has a passion for empowering others and is an unwavering advocate for all children. Tiffany ’s philosophy is that you can change the world an individual at a time. She believes that if you help an individual succeed, you are fostering strong families. Strong families empower communities. Empowered communities create the change necessary to transform the world. Tiffany M. Chenier will continue to serve as an advocate for all children and youth to advance our global society.


Announcement - Judge for the Challenge: Mr Jin Paik

Aug. 19, 2020, 9:45 p.m. PDT by Broad Learnings
Mr Jin Paik

Jin H. Paik is the program director and senior researcher at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH). He develops the lab's strategic vision and directs project and research activities. He also oversees the development of open innovation projects through partnerships with the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), Harvard Medical School, federal government agencies, academic and research institutions, and industry leaders. He advises organizations on innovation strategies with a focus on open innovation practices. He has worked extensively on programs focused on data science, development and use of artificial intelligence, digital transformation in organizations, and the future of work. He is an advisor to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Use of Inducement Prizes. Prior to joining the LISH team, he worked at the Harvard Kennedy School and Mathematical Policy Research. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's degree from Harvard University. 


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