Uber-U is Already Here

May 11, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Look at the elements of what we're calling here "Uber U" (quoted):

  • A mobile app that enables a user to connect to a central hub, which then connects student needs with available tutoring or other forms of help from around the world
  • A tracking system which enables fees to be charged and transferred between the student and the tutor.
  • Online assessments which can verify the competence and skills of the student and their identity.
  • A blockchain system which records all aspects of every transaction so that the credential awarding institution can verify that learning took place.

It would have been nice to be working toward this. Had things worked out the way I planned, we'd be sliding easily into this new vision with LPSS. But of course these concepts will move forward in any case, even while others fritter away working on enterprise LMS technology.


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