A manifesto is a usually a detailed documentation of complaints or grievances, followed by a philosophical or practical commitment to correct them. It’s also a statement of values and guiding principles for a movement or organization. Observance of Independence Day this week brings to mind one of the most famous manifestos, the United States Declaration of Independence, and raises the question: Does Learninate need a manifesto? Many tech startups have them, and they often provide needed context for the mission of a new company.
In my case, I don’t have strong complaints about e-learning. The people working in this area continually improve and enhance the range and depth of what is available to learn online. At most, I don’t feel satisfied with the extent to which online learning has achieved its potential.
The reason I teach, and the reason I started Learninate, is due to frustration with the conventional model of education. Learners are sorted into classes. Teachers hold the keys to knowledge based almost entirely on having been present in classes in the past. Learning is passive. Teaching to learn is nearly unheard of. Standardization and data are the goals, not the celebration of learning, self-actualization, agency, and the pursuit of curiosity and passion.
The Learning Revolution
The Internet is the perfect medium from which to stage The Learning Revolution, and it is already happening on a variety of platforms. Except in e-learning. Most often, learning online consists of long video lectures, accompanying discussion forums, and sometimes tests. Not much different than school, really. More efficient and convenient, but still based on the old industrial model.
Learninate is not based on that model, and I will be drafting a manifesto in the next weeks. Please comment on this post to add your voice. How can we change online learning to fulfill the promise of democratic, empowered, and creative learning?