☰ Sidebar
Voting period for this idea type has passed

SXSWedu 2013

Reduce Reuse Recycle: Educational Waste Management

Educational institutions generate waste at obscene levels. Essays and research papers are submitted and graded, never to be appreciated again, students fail to re-visit and remember previously covered subjects, and worse still, many students fail to see the utility of knowledge gained in an abstract classroom environment.
As with conventional waste, educational waste can be addressed with the simple principle of reduce, reuse, recycle. We must *reduce* students’ workloads, focusing instead on engaging curriculum that contributes to online discourse. Students must *reuse* their work by sharing it online with the world at large. Finally, curriculum must be designed to *recycle* lessons by encouraging students to maintain an active role in online dialogue surrounding past work.
User-generated content enthusiast and HubPages Head of Outreach Simone Smith will offer tips on implementing these principles with helpful examples and pointers. Let the conservation of knowledge begin!

Share this idea

Related Media


  1. How do conventional educational approaches waste knowledge, feed disengagement, and leave students ill-equipped to enter the next stage in their lives (be it continued education or the professional world)?
  2. How can user-generated content and new media be leveraged to address problems with comprehension, engagement, and knowledge retention?
  3. What are some specific ways in which teachers and professors can reduce, reuse, and recycle wasted knowledge using new media that both augment the learning process and leave students more equipped to move on to the next stage in their lives?


  • Simone Smith, Head of Outreach, HubPages


Simone Smith, Head of Outreach, HubPages

Meta Information:

  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Solo Presentation
  • Track: Big Data and Emerging Technologies
  • Level: Beginner
Show me another idea

Add Comments

comments powered by Disqus

SXSW reserves the right to restrict access to or availability of comments related to PanelPicker proposals that it considers objectionable.