It’s been close to a year since we started work on owlcove, and frankly we’ve surprised ourselves at how far we’ve come. It’s not that we think the site is the best site of all time and we’ve done an amazing job creating it. In fact there’s still a long way to go, both for us and for owlcove.
What we’re impressed by is the fact that we actually got it up.
If we told you that we were trained web designers and programmers, that we had lots of experience building websites and knowing what’s right, and that we had funds, resources and lots of spare time to put into this project, we’d be lying.
It started with a simple idea. Maybe all things do. But we didn’t start out thinking we’d build owlcove. We started out thinking we wanted to do something. Really, that was it. We wanted to do something. What was that something? No one knew. How would we do that? Uhh...No one had any idea, but we knew we didn’t want to do nothing. We wanted to make something out of our ideas and what we believed we could do to make things better.
And so a simple idea – to do something – began to take root in our minds. And that got us thinking. Normally we’d preoccupy our day thinking what to eat for lunch, what to do for the weekend, what tweets to post next. But with that idea in the picture…well, we still thought of the same things. Except, sometimes, when we couldn’t sleep at night, or when we were standing on the MRT, we began to think, “What can we do? How can we do it?” Thus we began our search for answers.
What can we do? That question was the centre of our initial discussion. We thought about how we lacked any practical experience in most things, about how we felt as students, about the ideas we had about how we could make learning better.
Slowly, the concept for owlcove began to take shape. We all realised that we had similar thoughts on learning, studying, and education. From our own experiences, we knew that discussion, debate and the sharing of knowledge were a big part of what helped us tide through the exams, and we wanted to share this experience.
After months of thought, discussion, and crashing each other’s homes, we agreed that we should build a site with three functions. And these three functions revolved around what we believed were the three most important concepts in effective education:
Learn, share, discuss.
And we built the entire site on the cornerstone of these three ideas.