University of Reddit - Concept

TL:DR | The University of Reddit democratizes education through decentralized, peer-driven learning, inspiring similar platforms and expanding access to knowledge globally.


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University of Reddit - Concept

I came across an unique idea on ProductHunt, but alas the link ended up being a bit sketchy (as there was nsfw links now). So I won't be sharing that here, what I want to share is some of the details from this project I found.

Perhaps share some ideas on how those concepts could work, and talk about social based learning more.

Learn 1,000's of new things, from reddit

The format of this post is broken up into sections based on the page I saw that PH lead me to, as there are some interesting ideas written on that site. I think it would be helpful to dig into those ideas. See what new ones we can come up with, and how this project could have been done better?

Note: Any portion from the UoR website will be shared in quotes.


Introduction to the University of Reddit

The University of Reddit is an online educational platform that offers a wide range of courses and lessons to individuals interested in expanding their knowledge and skills. Established in 2010, this community-driven platform has grown steadily, attracting educators and learners from around the world.

In this essay, we will explore the origins of the University of Reddit, the different courses it offers, its unique characteristics, and its impact on the world of online education.

The early 2010's was a time of a ton of great endeavors for self-education. From the original "DIY - Degree", Scott H. Young's MIT Challenge, and plenty more. Soon into the decade platforms like Coursera came out too.

I think that this "UoR" ideal is very similar to how I envision the Modular Degree being. However with the focus node being Reddit as the connective tissue if that makes sense.

Diverse course or learning opportunities

The idea behind the University of Reddit originated from a Reddit post in which a user suggested the creation of a platform where users could share and learn from one another.

This idea gained immense popularity, leading to the creation of the University of Reddit. Unlike traditional universities, this online platform does not have formal accreditation but provides a diverse range of courses taught by individuals with expertise in various fields.
"the creation of a platform where users could share and learn from one another."

This is exactly the premise behind what I want from the Modular Degree Platform too. I think there are some close examples, such as Glasp.co. However it needs to be a "learning management system" platform, and currently none of the LMS' on the market work well enough.

"provides a diverse range of courses taught by individuals with expertise in various fields."

While the intention is to have people from all over, from any industry be teaching on the platform, when I saw this I thought of multidisciplinary INDVIDUALS.


Taking a Holistic approach

The courses offered by the University of Reddit cover a broad range of subjects, including programming, mathematics, language learning, music, art, and many others.

The platform's course catalog is ever-expanding, with instructors constantly adding new classes based on user demand and expertise. This ensures that learners can find courses that suit their interests and goals, regardless of their background.

While I think the originator of this UoR was a bit idealistic in what they thought they could accomplish. I for one completely understand and agree. If you made it, then please reach out.

By having a broad range of courses, then it encourages people to be more multidisciplinary. That is something we need desperately as a society, if not for the digital renaissance happening right now.

Peer based learning through subreddits

Quite what Glasp is trying to achieve with their peer based information sharing network. Reddit has that social discourse built in, and people love sharing resources on that platform as well.

Another significant advantage of the University of Reddit is its flexibility and convenience. Learners can access course materials at any time that suits them, making it suitable for individuals with busy schedules or those in different time zones.

Additionally, the platform encourages interaction between instructors and students through discussion forums, fostering a community of learners and creating a supportive environment for knowledge sharing.

Supporting the environment for knowledge sharing is crucial for a peer based learning endeavor. Unless some resource has no grounds for being true, which we would pick apart as a group. The collaborative effort of sharing knowledge should be supported by each person in the community.

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Similarities to my own Modular Degree framework even...

I've mentioned a few times this already, and the whole premise of my DIY Modular Degree, is to be a modular approach to self-education.

Our interests are bound to change, and our needs for different skills evolves over time. We need a learning modality that can support the changing landscape. Even going beyond just individualistic learning, and changes in personal curiosity.

The need for an education system that can adapt to the business world as well. Technology companies for example need people who can keep up with the everchanging markets.

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Global learning, decentralizing resources, adapting with peers, and fostering a self-education focused world.

Despite this limitation, the University of Reddit has had a significant impact on the world of online education. It has inspired the creation of similar initiatives, highlighting the demand for accessible and affordable education.

Furthermore, the platform has played a role in democratizing knowledge, allowing individuals from diverse backgrounds to gain access to information that was once only available in formal educational institutions.

The idea of a democratized peer learning initiative isn't really anything new. However using the advent of a platform like Reddit is a unique take on that idea.

Platforms like FutureLearn, or even more generic ones like EdX/Coursera, all have tried for this peer learning system approach. I think Glasp.co does a really good job at enhancing the learning experience through this method as well.

Learning as a group, and sharing knowledge. That is the key to something like this.

In conclusion, the University of Reddit is an innovative online educational platform that brings together learners and instructors from all around the globe. It offers a wide range of courses taught by passionate individuals willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

While it lacks formal accreditation, the platform provides a flexible and convenient way for people to expand their horizons and acquire new skills.

The University of Reddit not only contributes to the democratization of knowledge but also inspires the creation of similar platforms that aim to make education more accessible for all.
-The University of Reddit

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