I think that the best I can do is explain where a little Facebook and some word press took me. I became fascinated with the idea of crowd funding and universities. One of my fellow students posted some links that were related, but they still weren’t a cohesive university. I couldn’t get it out of my mind that an international distance education program that was free to the students could just do so much good in the world. There is an open university in England, but it is extremely expensive to international students. I think that in the US we have enough people to support a crowd funded university that is free to everyone. The reason this is important is because of representation. When we create research we are missing the perspective of people that do not have enough money to attend our university. It is a point of equal representation. Coursera is not cohesive enough, but it does show that cooperation can levied for free education. We need something that grants degrees. I think it is possible to do this here and I am going to spend the summer putting together a strategic plan for this dream.
How is this related to information science and social media? You ask. Well I am going to put up a wordpress web page so that anyone in the world can see it and contribute. It is socail media collaboration. The address to the wordpress site is http://www.freeeducationforall.com. Its explaining two things how to give education for free on a small scale using the example of teaching English to orphans in India remotely and planning how we can do the same on a big scale in a university. Helping the kids remotely proves the point and they are thrilled. I met them on Facebook, in trying to get a more international perspective. I wanted only to teach one, but I agreed to teach 4-5. Our solutions are to use wordpress, google hangout, youtube, skype and snail mail delivered materials I make myself. This is a utilization of social media technologies and human experiment. What will come of giving some education for free? How effective can we be at teaching independently? How can you harness the internet to change people’s lives? How do we use information technology to unify people?
I have explored things, met people and talked about a dream. I think this university would make a better world. Please come and speak for yourself.