Are edupunks dismantling the public institutions of higher education?

There’s a fair bit of noise and identity politics in this rant (and response from the writer who feels attacked by it), but also an interesting point about the scope for what I’d call ‘agile’ approaches to reform the institutions rather than undermine them. In a nutshell, Jim Groom, the academic credited with coining the … Continue reading

Einztein.com – online courses + social network for teachers/peers = rich learning?

We all know that learning is not just about transferring content; dialogue and relationships are key to gaining deep understanding of concepts. So stand-alone online learning resources don’t cut it. But if you took some Open Educational Resources and added some low cost teacher/peer relationships, using social networking tools, would you then have enough to … Continue reading

Is Khan Academy heading in the wrong direction, back to being institutionalised?

What I originally thought was interesting about Khan Academy was how it worked outside the norms and mechanisms of institutional education. It seemed that just turning over the keys to the learning resources, and letting people choose what they wanted, rewind and fast forward without supervision, led people to feel empowered to organise their own … Continue reading

How you can help with an Edupunk Guide to getting accredited qualifications DIY-style

This looks like it could be a very useful extension and update of Anya Kamenetz’s DIYU book (the guide at the end of that book took too much for granted in terms of sticking with established education providers). Click through to the original post if you can help make suggestions to Anya to inform this … Continue reading