Getting an education today depends on people staying in one place for a certain amount of time (be it one academic year to over a decade). This is all good and well for people who can and want to live in one place (and are lucky to live in
the 'right' place), but what about for those who can't? For example:
Learning happens all the time, everywhere, every day - not just within classrooms and lecture halls at a specified time. Education with mandatory attendance requirements to gain qualifications does not meet the needs of millions of people
reason. For example:
Internally motivated learners with proper access to resources do not need to participate in a teacher-student relationship to learn - they teach themselves. Some of the most valuable discoveries in human history have been made by a
person studying a topic solo (for example,
electromagnetic induction). We need modern education to support self-taught learning for the sake of:
Examinations are high-wire balancing acts - an exercise that plays a large factor in determining the future of a human's life - so is it any surprise that students worry themselves sick? An education system that prioritises bureaucratic objectives and forces students to endure high-stakes examinations is toxic. Which is why:
The location and time-specific nature of education, the hierarchy of the learning process and the bureaucratic nature of assessments are all symptoms of centralisation: it's a closed, top-down, one-size-fits-all model of learning which is a remnant of the industrial revolution.
Instead of the school adapting to the student, the student is expected to adapt to the school. Yet schools continue to have a monopoly on how knowledge is created and communicated, how students are expected to learn, how learning is assessed, and how knowledge and skills are accredited. For this reason it is an urgent necessity to create new systems of education for the millions of people who cannot or will not conform to the education system as it exists today.
HAHA Academy is being set up to provide free access and open content for anyone to learn anything and get the qualifications to back it up. There are currently six phases the HAHA Academy is looking to complete before 2020 to meet this aim:
Beta Early 2018
The knowledge taxonomy is a crowdsourced course of study for every branch of human knowledge: a road map to learn any field in its entirety. This taxonomy will remain open to contributions indefinitely so road maps are always improved and up to date. If you think the road map to your field needs a bit more work please consider contributing your knowledge to the taxonomy.
What is a taxonomy without any content? Phase two is about indexing all free educational content, materials and online courses, and linking the resources to the knowledge taxonomy. Contributors will be able to add any free content available on the Internet, and link it to the taxonomy. Where possible, HAHA will make an archive of indexed resources in order to help with their preservation and distribution, using decentralised networks and free software solutions like PeerTube for peer-to-peer video streaming without relying on proprietary ad-supported platforms like YouTube, and protocols like Dat and IPFS for other content (ebooks, images, datasets...)
How can we challenge the current notion that education cannot exist without high-stakes assessment? By creating a better system. Phase three will create assessments that can ascertain learners' knowledge when (and if) they want to, using democratic peer review approaches, innovative quizzes and tools largely influenced by Bloom's taxonomy of knowledge.
In other words, not grading learners relative to each other, but helping each learner better understand their familiarity with any given topic or subject area (if it is unknown, known or learned), and to what degree (slightly, partially or completely). The algorithms and software for assessments that incorporate will be open source, and the data used for the quizzes will come from educators and learners on HAHA.
Linking assessment results from HAHA Academy to Mozilla Open Badges will create digital certificates of accomplishment that include verifiable data and evidence of learning and assessment results that can be shared online as proof of knowledge.
Open Badges are open technical standards originally developed by the Mozilla Foundation which can package information about accomplishments, embed the information into portable files as a digital badge, with a decentralised infrastructure for badge sharing and validation. In other words, both formal and informal knowledge can be accredited, and autodidacts will have free and verifiable qualifications if they need them.
A system whereby only accredited colleges can offer valuable degrees is a shared monopoly across education, where you have to go down a very prescribed path to get learning that quote-unquote counts. We want to open that up.
Fixing education with technology-enhanced, student-centered and peer learning. That’s the answer to this mess.Erin Knight, Mozilla Foundation, senior director of learning.
And what about when learners hit a wall and need an extra hand? The best person to talk to in this case is someone that has dedicated a lot of time and effort to that particular subject matter: a mentor. HAHA Academy wants to issue a mutual credit currency, the ora, to facilitate mentorship within the HAHA platform. Mentorship through a mutual credit currency (an open and fair economical system) means anyone can gain access to guidance from subject-matter aficionados in their field, without depending on money. HAHA will use open P2P protocols and free software solutions like Jitsi for real time communications.
The sixth phase is the creation of a personalised learning digital assistant called 'Ikigai'. Ikigai will be able to suggest how best to tailor the learning process according to each student's executive functioning skills and knowledge, as well as recommend appropriate resources and mentors. It will also be able to suggest libre, decentralised and social good projects that are in need of the learner's particular skills, as well as recommend possible specialisations and occupations. The user will be in control over the algorithms and data used for the recommendation engine that powers Ikigai.
By joining the league of 1000 HAHAs you can help co-create and redefine education: not only for yourself and those you care about, but for every single person on the planet who chooses to learn whatever they want, however suits them, whenever they can.
We're not interested in being some rich guy's pet project. We're not interested in being some politician or bureaucrat's cause du jour. The majority of projects today that pursue public or private funding relinquish their autonomy and ability to continue innovating and functioning long-term. Fuck that.
We're interested in building and participating in education without centralised structures, without elites, without profit motives, without hierarchy, and we want to do it independently. We can do all of this with just a little help from our friends: €5 a month from 1000 friends to be exact.
HAHA Academy is an independent non-profit organisation (registered in Estonia), which fully relies on the generous support of its volunteers and donors. Joining the league of 1000 HAHAs is the first step towards becoming an official member of the association and participating in important decisions.
Please support HAHA Academy by joining the league of 1000 HAHAs . If you're unable to contribute monthly, you can also make a one-time donation by card or
We currently need volunteers to help with Phase Two:
indexing all open educational resources from around the web and linking them to the knowledge taxonomy.
Teachers, educators, academics, learners and everyone who shares a passion for learning! Translators too!
Work on the technological foundations of HAHA Academy, while contributing to free open source software.
Help improve HAHA's usability and accessiblity, while helping it look its best.