As we noted in From Web3 to Ed3
, DAOs will provide the vital infrastructure for decentralized educational experiences.
There are 3️⃣ ways DAOs could improve or reinvent education:
- DAOs as Niche Colleges
- DAOs as Meta Universities
- DAOs as Social Hubs
Let’s take a look at each of these models.
1️⃣ DAOs as Niche Colleges
DAOs can niche further and deeper than a typical college.
Want to learn about ancient Moroccan architecture? A DAO could connect expert instructors with interested students.
DAOs can bring (and pay) the best person with the best instruction to share for a specific moment.
This provides a unique advantage over existing colleges which are typically limited by:
🌎 geographic knowledge (teachers who will move there)
👨🎓 students who are enrolled to the university (again, students who live close to that specific place or pay for that specific university)
The same concept could be applied to K-12 education.
DAOs could act as micro schools with students from anywhere in the world.
This is a powerful addition for students without access to education or who don’t have programs or classes in their school that interest them.
2️⃣ DAOs as Meta Universities
Alternatively, DAOs could aggregate knowledge from across topic areas.
With DAO partnerships or subDAOs, a variety of topics can be added to a learning pathway.
DAOs would quickly have greater breadth and depth in any area a student might be interested in studying.
Smart contracts means DAOs can hire talent globally for tasks as atomized as a lecture.
Likewise, students have the flexibility to pay based on single lectures, classes, or entire programs.
This is what’s known as straddling the Smiling Dao Curve as discussed in Strategic DAO Frameworks: