Detailed information on the Manifesto points
These are the promises and obligations that explain the points of the Manifesto. They contain the experience of the document’s authors and the commonly accepted conclusions on the professional organization of the educational process.
This is the detailed descriptions of the points. 20 experts in the professional and informal education industry suggest to use these pieces of advice as an example and the list of directions.
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If “three practical tasks” were promised in the ads and announcements — we do provide three practical tasks. If we promised Elon Musk, we bring Elon Musk, not his poster. The ads should speak the truth, yet it does not mean one must not use artistic techniques, images and hyperbola. Just make sure none of the course promises creates false expectations.
We do not mean see-through walls, we mean the access to the information.
Make sure that before the course starts all students know about all school rules, in particular — about certificate issuing and further help with employment. Tell about your lectors — and why they are great. Tell about your curriculum — and ensure it is completed in full. Do not cover up the rules of paying back the payment for the course — and pay the money back if we promised.
Good schools always understand who their target audience is: who will benefit from this course and who will not be able to finish it. We deny the pupils who do not have enough background to cope with the course. We do not waste the time and money (both ours and of our students) trying to teach them what they will not be able to finish and what they do not need.
We collect and analyze the feedback from the students both during and after the courses. This feedback helps us understand if we succeed with our teaching. We monitor the current business trends to make sure our alumni fit the requirements of modern companies and we correct out courses as needed. We ask for the feedback with due respect and explain why we need it. We adjust our courses according to the useful and valuable advice.
The course administration and the teachers work together and they are both responsible for the quality of teaching. This means that the teachers do not have to deal with the administrative work and the administration helps them improve their soft skills. Before the beginning of the course we check if the teacher’s program corresponds the promised course content and if it is able to reach the stated goals. During the course we monitor the completeness and the quality of the content delivery.
We respect our colleagues from other schools, despite the competition. We report on unethical behavior whenever we see one. We criticize face to face and understand that we are doing a common and important job — building a civilized and diverse learning ecosystem.
Every certificate clearly states what it was given for: for the lectures attended, for the exam passed or for the best homework. The employers that make an offer to our alumni can clearly understand the skill level of every our student and can evaluate if the candidate fits certain job requirements. The students who missed the lectures and did not complete their homework will not receive the certificate.
The courses demand spending much time and effort — but they propagate certain ideas and values in return. Good schools understand their courses form certain attitude towards the topic and they act as an example of the human respect, dignity and appraisal of the personality. We do not discriminate anyone by any attribute, we endorse inclusion and actively participate in various social initiatives. The schools and courses are able to make this world more educated, more responsive and more responsible. This is our mission.