Education is for all, not just those lucky enough to get good schooling and all education should be acknowledged.
This site is structured to make it seem like you are at work. You therefore apply for a job here (rather than register), you show your pass to get in (rather than login), etc.. All education is used to further the goals of society as well as those of each of us personally. We feel it is easier to break the work down into small chunks (which we call atoms) in the same way you would break down a task at work. You can then build up these small tasks into a bigger achievement - in the same way as you would at work. Combining a work environment with one for learning will then make it more relevant and blur the transition between the two. Both work and learning should be life-long processes that help you to feel you have value - which, of course, we all do. However, current educational methods tend to hide that message for many. Here you will be valued.
This is our attempt to find that way by providing a free, open access site to promote learning. The site is free to both learners (which is all of us) and those involved as mentors. The site allows knowledge to be broken down into "atoms" of learning in a way which encourages people to view it in their preferred style; reading, hearing or watching. This site is based on three underpinning concepts.
Rather than think of "Learners" and "Teachers" (a one-way process), we see this more as "Researchers" and "Mentors". Not only are we all researchers, but we can also all mentor. Also, this becomes a feedback loop where those who have discovered something can help others. We can seek help from anyone and not just those lucky enough to be paid to provide it. It therefore follows that those who provide help should be acknowledged for that by having it appear on their list of achievements.
Learning Style Independence
No matter how good we are at presenting information, there are always those who see the world differently. We try to present things in an interesting manner which helps our researchers. However, if mentors break the topics down into small chunks, their learners may prefer the overview first. If mentors think it best to present this topic visually, a section of the learners may prefer to hear it or manipulate it manually in some way. Also, classes are timetabled for mentors to present our materials at times that may not suit those in them. Many may work best at different times of the day or even outside the classroom. This site seeks to overcome these problems.
The current system of paper qualifications is a mess. Paper is fine as a back up, but a good electronic system would be much more enduring. This site will record which pieces of learning have been achieved (making monitoring of mentor and researcher performance easier). Later, you will also be able to add scans of existing paper qualifications and get those verified. You will then be able to assign temporary views to others, such as potential employers. These temporary views will only show those areas of personal information you select and will only last as long as you say they will last.
Why should we only be credited with classroom achievements? Surely, if we complete atoms on hieroglyphics or the correct use of spanners then these should also be recorded. Education would then move towards the interests of the individual as well as cover the core knowledge society requires. Potential employers and admissions tutors would then get a more detailed and rounded view - something that would benefit all concerned.