After more than 20 years of creating web-based applications for small businesses and budding entrepreneurs, I have decided to focus my skills towards education and curriculum design.
As someone who has structured and taught undergraduate classes at the university level, I have long understood that the way coursework is structured is just as important as the information itself. Few people would argue that there is a need to update our modern educational system in the West, particularly America, the main question being is how?
My proposal is to take an information-based approach to learning. From my many years working with many individuals across a variety of industries, I can safely say that the information (data) associated with any domain has an inherent structure. The patterns that define these domains are often obscured or not fully fleshed-out.
As ideas gradually become more complex, communication becomes more and more difficult. Even though these issues are well-documented throughout the business realm, they are often overlooked or misinterpreted within the field of education. These issues can be the source of much frustration for both teachers and learners.
I believe that at least some of this frustration can be alleviated by applying principles found within information architecture to help structure course content. Each discipline, and the subjects contained within them, can be broken down into sets of concepts. These concepts are governed by specific rules within a domain that allows an individual to effectively work with these ideas.
This language-based approach allows the same approach to be used across multiple disciplines — providing educators with a universal framework they can adapt to suit their own and their students’ needs.