China’s education unicorn Zhanzuo targets sharing economy to boost the sector after identifying inefficiencies between the knowledge supplier and those consuming it.
The ingenuity of a sharing economy is no longer reserved for businesses as more schools are realizing the power of shared services with regard to curriculum, education and teaching resources such as classrooms.
Located on the second floor of the Hongkun Shopping Mall in Beijing, Zhanzuo on weekend afternoons is crowded with pupils engaged in tutoring on the arts, sciences, language studies and sports.
As the first group of educators to open up the doors of collaborative consumption businesses, Zhanzuo provides a niche shared services platform for talented teachers to capitalize on their quality education resources and access to students with consistent and diversified content. Students can enjoy a total 18 personal and customized services after joining the knowledge marketplace, where teachers are able to buy and sell lesson plans.
In addition, Zhanzuo provides a powerful supplement to the traditional learning experience by leading an education league to integrate overwhelming resources and promote collaborative development of the sector.
Dozens of educational institutions have been drawn into Zhanzuo’s platform and share their services in effort to improve the affordability and access of educational materials without sacrificing quality.
Societies have been trading and bartering knowledge and resources for centuries. Sharing, in the eyes of our ancestors, was seen as necessary to survive. To successfully implement the sharing economy in education, knowledge and resources ought to be shared at scale.
Zhanzuo’s platform builds on collective intelligence and is of great significance to the future of education as it sets up a highly advanced teaching and learning mode and an internet connection-rather than a zip code- and makes educational resources more affordable and readily available.