This week around the US, students headed back to school from their summer break. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the current state of the education system and why it needs to change. Traditional education is just that: traditional. The current model is structured in a way that doesn’t allow for much flexibility based on each individual’s unique way of learning and expressing knowledge. Melissa Tothero, our Director of E-Learning, has a strong background in traditional education and she could go on for hours about how slow the system is to change. She explained:
“Unfortunately, because of the structure of our schools and the limited resources that our society provides to our teachers and schools, the educational opportunities available are, in most cases, extremely limited. In that, I mean that there is a standardized course of education that was designed for one particular kind of learner: a learner who typically is very linear?one who can learn best by reading a textbook or by listening to a lecture. That small subset of students is very well served by our educational system.
However, the remaining majority of people who do not learn and express what they know in that linear fashion are oftentimes poorly served by the traditional educational system. The tragedy of that is when a student does not best learn in this very traditional, linear way, they can come out of our schools believing that they are not smart, or creative, or capable of achieving at a high level.
They are not given an opportunity to recognize the unique brilliance they possess because they are continuously being discouraged in a school system that is not able to meet their needs as learners. Let’s say a student doesn’t learn best by listening to the teacher, or by reading a textbook. Rather, this student learns best by doing. If they aren’t given an opportunity to learn in this way, they could get all the way through their education experience feeling unsuccessful, inadequate, and incapable.”
Trouble is, education just isn’t keeping up with the changing needs of today’s students. Especially in higher education. Going to college is outrageously expensive and student loans potentially take decades to pay back. In addition, college is supposed to prepare you for the real world, but the vast majority stick to theoretical learning instead of experiential learning. It is undeniable that learning by doing is more powerful and effective than learning by listening alone.
This is why it is so important that we work to change the face of education. Fortunately for all of us, information and communication technologies are becoming widely available now, and technology is helping to bring about this much needed change. Information and communication technology now makes it possible for learners to gain knowledge in many different ways?using multiple modalities?and is enabling students to express what they know in many different ways too. It’s revolutionary, really. People’s lives are changing in many ways. For example, people can now earn a living by running online businesses, or by freelancing and/or working remotely from home. At Amazing.com, we are helping people to learn the skills they need to leverage the vast opportunities that technology brings.
What are we doing that’s reinventing education?
Amazing.com courses don’t require decades of student loans.
Currently, online education has become one of the most popular higher education alternatives. Compared to the cost of higher education, Amazing.com courses are much more affordable and don’t require decades to pay back student loans.
Our courses take weeks to complete, not years.
Most of our courses can be completed in eight weeks or less, and the content we deliver in them is invaluable. Our courses are designed to cater to your interests and needs so you can pick and choose what you want to learn rather than having to go through a set curriculum.
“The speed with which we are teaching through experiential learning is much better than traditional classroom environment and the timelines that they have,” said Matt Clark, founder and CEO.
You will learn more in eight weeks than you would in four years when it comes to running your own business.
Students can learn from anywhere at any time.
Our courses offer true convenience and flexibility, giving you the option to attend class from wherever you are and whenever you want.
We utilize experiential education instead of theoretical.
Amazing.com teaches through experience.
“Thanks to my traditional education, I had about a week head-start at my first job just because I was familiar with the financial terms. After that, my work had nothing to do with what I’d learned in school,” said Clark. “Learning by doing was so much more valuable than just learning from a textbook.”
Instead of teaching theories and case studies, we actually lead the students through an experience to get them from having no business at all to having an up-and-running business by the end of the course. We use step-by-step videos and encourage students to follow the action steps as they take the course. We also provide printable learning guides for those who learn better through reading than listening or watching.
We utilize the power of gamification.
While our students are learning, they are doing. While they are doing, they actually earn badges as they complete each goal. This helps to keep the students engaged and turns the process into more of a game. What’s more fun than that?
Our instructors are current experts.
You’ll find at a lot of learning institutions the instructors haven’t been active in their field in years, and are teaching based on what they learned a long time back. Our instructors are current experts in the topic they are teaching. They are extremely successful in their field right now and they share the hard-earned lessons that they’ve learned through their own experience with our students.
Matt Clark is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Amazing.com, a serial entrepreneur, and investor. He’s been featured on Forbes, CNBC, and Entrepreneur.com.