Colearning

A Culture-of-Learning-Open-Space, with a Crowdsourced Curriculum, Community-Driven, Geo-Aware, and Data-Driven approach where everyone can Teach, Learn and Create — cheaper, faster, and better.

That's my vision.

To map all the World's Colearning Spaces.

My name is Julio Fontes.

I am an Entrepreneur and the Creator of the concept of Colearning Spaces.

In this page I will explain the ‘Colearning Space’ concept, what (really) makes a Colearning Space and how to build – or think about – one.

Beyond that I want to map all the World’s Colearning Spaces. So you can list your Space from all over the world.

To promote spaces that allow us to create the World of Tomorrow. Spaces of reflection, critical thinking, encouragement, curiosity, ingenuity, freedom, and autonomy in a Culture of Learning — that I had the privilege to have and now I want to bring to the world.

Create your space

You need to understand “Learning Communities”, the perspectives in “What is a Colearning Space?” and the 6 basic things that I that I wrote down below.

Unfortunately, there is no simple tutorial.ld) achieve.

That’s the most common mistake, the “If you build (just name) it, he will come” thinking. Without considering the details, differentiating elements, and objectives.

We already have many spaces in our lives. Schools, colleges, coworkings, labs. But each of these has its use, application, relevance, limitation, objective and business model.

We don’t study for our ‘final coworking exams’, do we? And a coworking where people don’t work together is just a workspace, right? It doesn’t matter what we name it.

So there is a difference.

Keep in mind the specific goals of a Colearning, its limitations, how it is different from other spaces and what it can (and should) achieve.

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If you want to write about Education, Methodologies, Dynamics, Tools, Experiences in your Colearning, Space, School, Bootcamp, Coworking, me – and thousands of people – want to read about.

What is a Colearning Space?

The Colearning Space concept came from the basic idea of “Learning Communities, a 1995 methodology, that a set of schools from Barcelona, Spain, took to overcome educational failure and reversing low learning rates.

Them I added Smart Cities, Architecture, Urbanism, User Experience, Data, Design, Community Management, Software concepts, elements, parts, tools, and features, to imagine and propose an environment that would go further.

The goal is optimization.

To make physical space as efficient and responsive as software. To be capable of replicating a Culture of Learning anywhere, all the time.

Where everything is carefully thought out to optimize every aspect of Learning, Teaching, and Creating at an individual pace, goals, and needs — not grades, exams, classrooms, subjects, scores, diplomas, or certificates.

So despite being thought of as a physical Space, Colearning is not restricted to, or as a specific, or a single fixed space.

A Colearning Space materializes collaborative learning into a physical open space with a Lifelong Learning Culture. For anyone to Learn, to Teach and to Create, whatever you want, when you want, with whoever you want.

To be a Colearning Space it needs to successfully converge specific resources and agents into an Open Space (different from broad/wide/large space), with a Crowdsourced Curriculum, a Community-Driven and Geo-Aware, and a Data Driven approach where everyone can Teach, Learn and Create.


Colearning Space is smart. To pursue a Data-Driven approach that supports an autonomous, episodic, asynchronous individual Learning Pathways. The space must be an active actor and a tool, to enhance the learning experience as a whole, promoting Teaching, Learning, and Creation at the highest level.

 

It’s “Co” – from collaborative – so it makes use of Crowdlearning, Active Learning, and many other practical and participatory pedagogic methodologies to achieve its goals to generate readiness and willingness to learn.

 

Colearning Space is where you feel excited, fresh, engaged, enthusiastic, and infused. Remember this feeling?

Where you Teach and Learn things for (your) life.

That’s a Colearning Space, an Education Philosophy, and one of the pillars of the Future of Education and a New Global System – which I will create.

6 things that make a Colearning

Colearning - Open Source University

Open Source University

The modern scenario (Covid-19) of a centralized Educationl System – through schools and colleges – made parents victims of becoming involuntary teachers overnight with no preparation, no experience or clue about teaching.

With an open-source structure of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development the whole Education system can be cheaper, more flexible, and resilient because based on multiple touchpoints rather than a single school, college or teacher.

This thinking follows the current times with constant search for knowledge, information being everywhere, and faster and transitory life cycles that can complement the strong and unique University toolkit: A Platform for Students as Producers; Extensive and Critical Academic Research (Innovation); Valuable Feedback System; Strong Network.

Crowdsourced Curriculum

A Global Competence Map that uses brokedown pieces of various formal, non-formal, informal, and incidental education through people, companies, courses, classes, and experiences and combines it with user-generated content (in a Crowdlearning Model) in a richer, distributed way. That can be adjusted in real-time and be context-specific demography, culture, and individual goals.

Like the ridehailing industry did and continue to do with mobility systems.

The Modern Educational Schedule it’s an archaic, inflexible structure to a fast everything-on-demand society. It no longer works and the 2020 health crisis (Covid-19) shows it – school day, school year, and division of subjects are all futile constructs.

Colearning - Crowdsourced Curriculum​
Colearning - Space as an Experience and a Tool​

Space as an Experience and a Tool

In a nutshell: Spaces shape the behavior of people and the activities and tasks performed, these then (already being shaped), shape the behavior of (others) people(s) in that space — like an employee or a student — and those specific tasks and activities that are done.

Think of public parks benches, or bus stops, and train stations. That shows how design and a more recent urban architecture (the 90s), has been designed to influence, in a subtle way or more explicitly, public behavior.

This is called “hostile architecture” or “defensive architecture”.

What if Congress and Chambers could enhance transparency, public participation, and ethics? What if a room could affect a Judge’s decision? What if school spaces could enhance not only learning, but could reduce anxiety, misogyny, xenophobia, racism, or address bullying?

We spend an average of 87% of our lives within spaces. So there’s a lot of big decisions and events, and people being influenced by spaces and therefore by people.

The idea is to make the physical places as efficient and responsive as software.

Geo-Aware and Community-Driven Education

Geo-Aware and Community-Driven Education are about making the Education Process go beyond the limits of any traditional classroom or buildings, involving the whole community in the process.

It’s about owning the space. To encourage diversity, the mixing of ideas, meaningful encounters, reforging individual identities. To learn about the World, enjoying migratory waves and culturally rich multi-ethnic neighbors to understand cultures through people – not Sites or Apps. To make us more qualified and more empathic.

Geo-Aware and Community-Driven Education it’s about turning Education into a more early and proactive agent in solving real-world problems and life situations around you – small or big. To make schools “innovation incubators” for neighbors, cities, and estates making the Government (Local, State, and Federal), Institutions, Entities, NGOs, Small Businesses and Companies active agents in the Educational Process.

Colearning - Geo-Aware and Community-Driven Education
Colearning - 'All-Spaces-as-a-School'

'All-Spaces-as-a-School'

A system that allows everyone to easily discover, compare, understand, learn, teach, create, and access multiple potential areas of interest, mentors, paths, and opportunities.

To seamlessly integrate everything in a customized and personalized individual tool. Companies, Museums, Art Centers, Libraries, Schools, Universities can:

    1. Systematic accommodate frequent and small groups to help spread the high school population demand.
    2. Delivery rich-laser-specific knowledge and experience through these spaces in contextual learning

Every Space is a School.

New measures of Success & Data Driven Education

The traditional educational environment is restricted and obscure. It’s far from the real-life turbulence that must of us experience.

We need Data. To adjust to a modern contextual and episodic learning style, to reduce asymmetries, balance the privilege gap and big-institutions syndrome, and optimize the time and money (ROI) and help everyone master critical skills to achieve their particular goals.

For years, courses completed, grade level, and test scores have been the metric that matters for teachers, schools, and colleges that act as proxies for what students know rather than allowing students to show what they know.

We need to move the Education away from the arbitrary metrics toward a competency-based approach. To assess and rewards a broader definition of learning and growth thought relevant Data.

A classroom as a tool (‘All-Spaces-as-a-School’) to track your progress and learn about each individual in the course of their whole education, predict and suggest a real-time learning pathway all the way, measure and adjust global skill pools, offer customized and personalized curriculum to each phase (kindergarten through high school, and college), quickly respond to blocks and difficulties, and adjust accordingly.

Colearning - New measures of Success & Data Driven Education