One size does NOT fit all

Students are not all the same. There might be a set curriculum, but the techniques that individual students use to get their heads around their studies and make the knowledge stick are as diverse and creative as can be imagined.

That’s why we believe that the future of edtech is not about experts handing down digitised versions of classroom learning. It’s about students finding out how they learn and forming peer to peer communities that work together to teach and learn more effectively.

 

Edtech has changed the way students learn

It’s not about content any more. The stuff that most students have to learn is all out there online. The challenge is how to get from knowing nothing to understanding the subject. It’s about the frameworks you use to understand things, how you digest content and break it down into useable chunks and, ultimately, how you get them into your head. Where edtech can help students most is in helping them to understand how they learn best and then helping them to do it. And by bringing them together with others’ who learn in the same way.

Above all we want students to talk to each other, offering advice, support and guidance; forming communities of learners.

Students learn alongside their lives. It’s not always about quiet hours spent alone in the library. It’s last minute Wikipedia searches on the bus on the way to school, it’s listening to a podcast on your run, it’s on your phone, on Youtube and anywhere else you can find fresh ways of explaining the same tough concepts.

It’s done in the conversations with other students and teachers where you challenge each other and share knowledge, techniques and ways of thinking.

 

The aim

Our aim is to understand how students learn outside the classroom and to help them do it better. Whatever it takes to understand the subject and get through homework, coursework and exams alive, our job is to build the tools to help by bringing students together.

Edtech should not be about experts building machines to support students to learn in narrow and specific ways. Of course this can help a lot of students to drill themselves into knowledge. But we believe that the power of edtech is in enabling students to work together more effectively to share ideas, techniques and knowledge with each other, and not to lose any of the variety and innovation that students bring to their approaches. Above all we want students to talk to each other, offering advice, support and guidance; forming communities of learners.

 

@tomcorfield

Director of Learning Products

The Student Room Group