Self Teaching Model
I have worn multiple hats over my lifetime, that meaning I’ve learnt and have decent command over several niche topics of subject. I started as a software developer, I know code fundamentals well. I went on to do startups, I know management, leadership and financial fundamentals well, I am a designer now and I know the design, psychology and empical study fundamentals really well. And for a particular class I’ve challenged myself to take up writing a business case study about Aereo and how it tried to push the legal frontier. This includes going through several Supreme court rulings. I was causioned by my instructor, who is a Public Policy expert of the challenges ahead. But it was so enticing to take it up. Explore and realize what happened legally that lead to the bankruptcy of a particularly robust looking company (Aereo). Looking back I realize I’ve alway been like this, I always learnt on my own.
Over a long period of time (6 years) which I spent in various universities I’ve developed a particular irreverence towards the pace and direction of education in a university. I for one, feel somewhat stiff in the university setting due to variety of reasons.
The Model — Part 1
So I was thinking about this new model of self-teaching. Set in a utopian world or taken up by a bold youngling this model could serve as a successful way of soaking up knowledge in the fastest way possible and developing an intellectual thinking and reasoning ability in a particular field. Following are the attributes:
Access to digital libraries, databases and repositories of reasearch journals, published articles and papers.
I have had unimited access to a lot of reasearch and publication databases such as ACM library, JStor and LexisNexis. They are an all-you-can-eat buffet of knowledge, a better wikipedia to immerse yourself into. From a pure knowledge gain point-of-view this strategy has proven and may prove further to be very effective.