- The UK Govt.
- All UK educational institutions and a significant % of educators
- the examination boards of the UK: AQA, OCR, CCEA, WJEC, SQA and Pearson Edexcel.
- The BBC (Publicly funded broadcaster)
- Google sets up a blank version of youtube for example Youtube.edu.uk or similar.
- Every school in the UK which receives Govt funding or tax breaks would be encouraged (to some degree) to record at least one complete set of lessons covering the whole syllabus for each subject (maybe less for very small schools) The BBC might be asked to assist with this, perhaps by working with the highest rated schools to produce higher quality videos.
- This collection of millions of videos would be uploaded to youtube.edu and monetised with advertising like any youtube video. The money would go to google, and to the school and/or teacher.
- Limits would be placed on the type of ads being run so that they are suitable for children and also not distracting, (advertising some new shiny videogame to someone struggling to concentrate on revising for their exams is just unhelpful!)
- You could then use machine learning to guide students to the videos that are most likely to help them improve. At its basics a "people who learn like you learn preferred this video" sort of thing.
- You could allow children to share their results with their teachers, so teachers could see where they were having difficulties and provide 1-1 instruction. Aggregated anonymous data could provide real-time info on educational performance across the UK to ministers etc.
- Exam boards of the UK would provide Google with detailed syllabus for all UK qualifications
- Course structures would be set up, each video could be broken down into individual topics which are then linked to the relevant section of the syllabus.
- This provides a great resource which should allow any motivated student in the UK to complete their education to a good standard regardless of the quality of education they have access to in their area, or with their family's wealth.
- To improve the system Exam boards could provide sample exams, past exams, mark schemes etc.
- Each section of the syllabus could have multiple choice and short answer questions available for people to test themselves.
- For practicing long essay questions and any coursework type stuff you would need human markers (at least for the next decade or so) you either charge a small fee to the student, or to the government, or Google could pay for it from advertising $s. If this could be solved then this would also be a useful addition.
- Longer term you could get users to wear BCIs and watch videos, and eventually train a teacher AI from that huge dataset, If it could figure out what "learning" looks like It could then dynamically alter the teaching to adapt to the BCI equipped student, making it literally a perfect teacher (although at first all it would be doing is queuing up pre-recored videos from a collection of thousands on each topic.
- UK Govt gets a better educated population. Win!
- Schools and teachers around the UK get extra income, and their jobs get easier as students have better support outside school. Win!
- Exam boards get more stuff to mark which is how they make their money I think? Win?
- Google gets half the children in the UK logging in regularly and watching ads. Win!
- BBC gets to earn its absurd license fee by doing something useful! ?
Ideally you then expand it to also include every university in the UK allowing any UK resident to learn anything they want for free if they are willing to put the time in. They could then pay a university to give them exams and mark them and their coursework in order to get an official qualification. Extra source of income for universities.
Obviously you could use companies other than google, you don't have to get the BBC involved etc. but the basic idea: A MASSIVE collection of educational videos covering every school topic, and machine learning systems used to understand and optimise people's learning process is just a good idea.
This wouldn't work for unmotivated students so it wouldn't really 'solve' education, but it would massively improve the chances of children who want to succeed but are held back due to growing up in areas with poor schools etc.