Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Will Hagle
Gibbon is an online education platform that allows users to teach and learn from others about anything.
Gibbon is a peer-to-peer learning network that connects users that want to teach each other and learn about anything. The website was built upon the motto that “almost all knowledge is already available on the web, all you need is someone to guide you to it.” Gibbon makes it easy for users to guide each other to that knowledge and content. The site offers online learning with a different approach than most websites, which usually offer courses that mimic the lesson and test plans of college courses. Instead, Gibbon offers “Learning Flows,” which are like playlists of articles and other content created by experts of a certain subject. These learning flows are updated often, and they create a space for experts to post all of the articles, links, videos and books that helped them accomplish whatever goal it is other users are attempting to learn. The learning flows also display the other students in the various classes, making it easier to connect with other users.
The learning flows offered on Gibbon vary from “Becoming a better photographer” to “Learning CSS3.” Some of the information taught on Gibbon is more abstract, such as “Art Fraud, Art Forgery & Art Crime.” The site succeeds in that it doesn’t expect its students to become programming geniuses within a couple of weeks or to understand world history after reading a couple of books, but it allows for users to learn little bits about everything at their own convenience. Any Gibbon user can also set up his or her own learning flow in order to teach other users a skill or a topic. The content on the site is heavily skewed towards programming tips, startup advice and other coding classes, but there is also other cool stuff such as a “3D Printing” learning flow that offers awesome, unique content in an organized location. If you’re interested in always learning more about everything, Gibbon is the site for you.