by Marcin Gnat
Sharing became the key issue for many successful internet services of today’s world. People understood that you do not necessarily have to buy new things to make your everyday goals come to fruition. We share our own rooms through platforms like AirBnB, we invite stranger people to travel with us in our vehicles via the popular (especially in Europe) services like BlaBlaCar and that trend seems to constantly expand to more and more areas of our lives.
But what about non-material goods like knowledge? Can pupils treat it as an exchangeable resource and omit expensive private tutoring they very often can’t afford? It seems that a new trend, called crowdsourced learning has come up to solve that problem.
An example of a social learning platform that has already gained a worldwide recognition is a European-based website Brainly.com. The website created by three young entrepreneurs from Poland – Michał Borkowski, Tomasz Kraus and Łukasz Haluch (pictured below).
After logging in, the users of Brainly can find answers there for their homework questions by reaching out for help (by posting questions) to their peers or teachers online. After receiving an answer, they can express gratitude by helping others in the areas they feel strong in. There is also an aspect of gamification added to that. The users can gain points for giving answers to reach a more respected position in the community.
With over 30 million unique users monthly, and 14 language versions, Brainlyis one of the biggest crowd learning platforms online worldwide. The blueprint of Brainly is not simply giving space for questions and answers like a typical Q&A website. The platform puts strong emphasis on the quality and the speed of answers. The content is reviewed by a team of over 400 qualified moderators. The goal of Brainly is to have 80% of the questions answered in a time no longer than 10 minutes.
The whole Brainly team believes, that the idea of exchanging knowledge via their website is something big enough to reinvent the way people look at solving school problems. Education blogger LaToya Easter has even broadened the definition of Brainly calling it “Brain Networking” that connects human minds without any borders of race, background or financial status.
Marcin Gnat is a journalist and a blogger fascinated with the Edtech technologies, working as a blogs and media specialist for Brainly.com. Also a music fan and a long distance runner.
Courtesy of Brainly