In its basic design, the LRM is almost like any other online profile: There’s a photo, list of friends, and interests. However, this online profile is customized to focus a student’s reason for learning, help campus admin coach the student towards their goals, provide employers with ePortfolios, and help develop relationships with communities and industry.
When a student logs in to the platform, they are asked to set a goal, something like “To one day work for Google and become a leader in web design,” or “To use my degree toward concept innovation at a Fortune 500 company.”
Once the goal is set, with the help of a coach (either assigned by the institution or using the LRM’s Likelihood Of Mutual Benefit [LOMB] algorithm), the student can then have an advisory board, made up of people like parents, community leaders, older students, or others, who also have access to that student’s LRM profile.
Students are also encouraged to join communities (choir, mathematics, fraternities or sororities, etc.), as well as work toward building their ePortfolio of micro-credentials, badges, and other online learning apps and courses.
Businesses and organizations that are typically partnered with the college or university can also then have access to the LRM, creating their own company profiles and creating a list of credentialing and skills pathways for the jobs they’re looking for—allowing students to know what skills are needed to get hired, as well as looking for qualified student candidates for positions.
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The way the LRM works is by allowing coaches and university admin to check on each student’s progress.
Not only does the LRM’s backend have a stream of information letting coaches know when a student has worked on their profile (think of it as LRM Twitter), but also alerts coaches and admin to when the student may be failing in their goals—this can be customized by the institution or be the LRM’s own alerts, but they typically include failing critical exams, not pursuing the right micro-credential, or not spending enough time managing their LRM profile.
“One very unique aspect of the platform is that it’s not just reactive, but proactive,” explained Counselman. “Under the ‘proactive’ tab for admin, they’ll be able to suggest apps or badges to students, write comments in the data stream, help edit their profiles in real-time, and be able to suggest advisory members or communities as they develop.”
In other words, the LRM is the ultimate facilitator, but it’s not the builder.
“It’s a simple way to facilitate the natural partnerships that exist between schools, students, and communities,” he continued.
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