Decentralizing school and personalizing learning
There is no question about it. Learning happens everywhere, and oftentimes the best learning experiences occur outside the full time job we have subjected our early lives to, namely school. The Zeno Project creates a cohesive platform so that each learner finds what they need to have the best learning experience for them, and that the learning is documented and honored as part of their record as a student.
What is a Distributed Learning Ecosytem?
Education has the opportunity to be more diverse and individualized than ever before, but our institutions (ie. schools) don’t jive with this.
Instead, learners live overly crowded lives in two worlds: that of full time schooling and that of extra-curricular activities.
The Zeno Project is an online platform which serves to find and schedule learning experiences from diverse practioners, provide a dynamic and up to date transcript of the activities, and connect learners to build a learning community that exists without bounds.
Jamal spends two days a week working alongside rice farmers in Astungkara Way learning about pest management and applying reforestation strategies. He also enjoys the ceramics courses offered through Gaya ceramics, and has developed a keen eye on style. He prefers to complete his AP Calculus course independently in the evening, when he feels he is at his cognitive peak. His bi-weekly sessions with his Learning Guide help make good decisions for future courses that will allow him to go to his school of choice. He can see through his Digital Credentials which areas he still needs to work on, and is confident admissions officers won’t pass him up.
Tara has loved surfing ever since she arrived in Bali. She has been on island only a couple weeks, but it is all she can think about. Her family decided to have her attend intensive surf lessons every morning, and so she is at the beach from sunrise to mid-morning. After getting in, she focuses on some independent reading and writing, and prepares for her afternoon sessions. These vary by the day, but include a Dungeons and Dragons club, a writer’s group, and a permaculture class.
With 1:1 help on Maths, she has overcome the challenges she used to have in school, and is finally enjoying and understanding the process of using the language of numbers. Her Learning Guide has recorded and documented some amazing progress in her transcript, knowing her parent’s sabbatical will end at the close of the year.
How does it work?
Browse our App for learning experiences that connect with the learning you wish to pursue. Find courses that meet your needs, whether those are the theme or topic of the course, the time, the age range, or distance from your home.
The learning experiences found on The Zeno Project can form a complete learning solution for you, or can be supplemental to the amazing learning you are already doing. The choice is up to you.
The Zeno Project has created criteria to help education providers and learners select a dynamic yet cohesive schedule. As you build your schedule on the platform you will be able to design your own routine.
Scheduling includes several elements: experiential learning programs, 1:1 classes, social events, and virtual lessons. These can be honed to find the balance that best meets the needs of each individual learner.
The Learning Guide serves a key role in helping to amplify and craft the learning experience you will have as a Zeno Learner. They serve to help situate the diverse learnings that you as a learner have with The Zeno Project.
Learning Guides are affiliated with accredited schools, with each school setting the criteria the Learning Guide works towards alongside the learners. Schools may train their educators through LearnLife on practices to create an impactful and meaningful learning experience. The guides may have in person sessions with learners, or can meet them virtually as well.
A Digital Record is held for each learner throughout their entire learning career. Using the Open Badge framework, Education Providers define criteria and validate the learning that occurs. They then connect evidence of learning to the awarded credential, and this becomes part of the learner’s record.
The Learning Guide can use these credentials to help the learner translate diverse learning options into a transcript. The flexibility of the system allows each accrediting body (school) to define how they create the transcript.