‘Raising the Value of Learning’ considers the origination of a new ‘learning currency’, created by the agreement of different players in the ‘learning system’ to give and receive time, recorded in the form of ‘Time to Learn Credits’ (TLCs). It extends the concept of ‘learning’ beyond that of a commodity traded by individuals in the learning marketplace to that of collective ‘social capital’ at the heart of ‘learning communities’.
Why invent learning time credits?
TLCs offer new possibilities in adult learning activities:
Overcoming barriers to participation
- transport tokens – childcare vouchers
Creating incentives for individuals & groups
- materials & equipment
Encouraging intrinsic motivation
- follow interests - own pace- share what you know
Growing collective capacity of learning communities
- learning as shared resource.
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Raising the Value of Learning
The application of time currency to community learning activities
We believe in Open Innovation! We implement the best ideas of our members and coordinators. This broad based co-production model of networking and development affords us all the best tools for sustaining our local communities!
We believe in removing ALL the barriers to time banking that we can. Access to the hOurworld platform is FREE. It is easy for new members to join and learn, and easy for coordinators to manage and report on their members and activity.
We believe in supporting local diversity while maintaining a central cooperative organization to provide accessible support, training, and communications. We are documenting and teaching these models.
We believe that every member have control over their own privacy and content. We operate on private secure servers and HIPAA compliant data centers where all information is encrypted before going out on the internet.
We believe that time banking is one spoke in a wheel of Movements Moving Together. We foster local community organizations drawing together to create powerful local economies as they integrate CSA, Food Co-op, Buy Local, Transition Town, BALLE, CAP and others. The opportunities are endless!
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All too often what is termed as learning in the community consists of people attending a series of 10/20-week courses. At the end of these courses there is limited evidence of continuance or learning circles being constructed. Some individuals may continue their learning journeys but on a collective level the learning experience often grinds to a halt.
The project recognizes that the learning landscape is made up of four main players:
·learners (individuals, families and communities of learners)
· learning brokers (agencies and professionals involved in matching learners to learning opportunities)
· learning contractors (usually known as learning providers such as community, further and higher education involved in contracting paid teachers to deliver informal or formal learning programs to learners)
· learning facilitators (usually known as tutors, teachers, lecturers or trainers).