Foursquare Data Helps Students Find The Coziest And Quietest Study Spots

Over 200 places to hit the books across US, UK, India and Indonesia.

Even though FourSquare’s mission is to help you find food, nightlife, and entertainment, the company recently teamed up with Pearson, a publishing and education company, to help students find the best study spots. The “Inspired Locations of Learning” app uses Foursquare data, and student tips, to track down the most productive places where people hang out.

University students and staff have so far helped Pearson to list over 200 spots at universities in the US, UK, India and Indonesia. As explained by Tom Glover from Pearson, the places people like to study aren’t always so obvious:

The current list shows that better places to study can be found in the least likely places, from parks, cafes or even castles. The challenge lies in finding these hidden gems, wherever they may be in the world and we’re hoping that the global learning community will enjoy helping contribute to this list of landmarks by adding their own favorites.

Anyone who uses the app, which launched on 27th March, in its first month will also be in with a chance to win a year’s worth of university books. Even better than that, the first 1000 students who sign up will have a school textbook donated in their name to a library in Africa as part of a partnership with Book Aid International.

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Book Aid International director Alison Hubert mirrored Tom Glover’s statement when referring to unlikely places of learning in Africa:

We are delighted that the evolution of Pearson’s community app will connect students around the world through book donations and the love of learning. We know from our work with libraries in under-resourced communities in Africa that Inspired Locations of Learning evolve in unexpected places and sometimes under the most challenging circumstances imaginable – such as in slums, refugee camps or prisons.

If you’re interested, you can download the app for free using this link.

Inspired Locations of Learning

[h/t] The Drum

Images: Candy Schwartz, CCAC North Library via Flickr

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