The world’s first (and last?) national education intranet

This news crept under my radar three weeks ago. That’s to say, I saw the video where the Scottish Education Secretary announced the cancellation of the procurement of the next phase of the national education intranet, but the announcement was couched and contextualised in such a way that he was pulling the plug on the … Continue reading

Managing shared resources and reclaiming the commons with the School of Commoning

The number of new initiatives that are reimagining learning in some way continues to grow. Compared with the US, where initiatives are entrepreneurial in spirit and mass-scale in ambition, those in the UK seem more to be modest, organic and many are growing out of existing institutions (especially universities). I came across the School of … Continue reading

Good to see things hotting up @UnivProject, starting with Universities: Past & Future event in October

Looking forward to this free weekend event in London, and finding out/contributing to how the plans hatched by Dougald Hine (@Dougald) and others are taking shape Clipped from univproject.pbworks.com Welcome to the University Project A whole set of forces are coming together to disrupt higher education as we know it – here in the UK, … Continue reading

Entrepreneurship accelerator threatens to disrupt Higher Ed model – or is it emperor’s new clothes?

It’s difficult to know what to make of the General Assembly ‘accelerator’ that’s at the centre of this post, because there’s so little detail. “So will we open a bunch more campuses? Put all our classes online? Start training executives? We don’t know,” writes cofounder Brad Harvgreaves in a linked article (http://www.businessinsider.com/general-assembly-financing-expands-abroad-2011-9). “Right now we’re … Continue reading

Michael Wesch on the secret sauce of classroom teaching in the Web 2.0 world

Michael Wesch is perhaps best known for his YouTube videos like The Machine is Us/ing Us (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g). But he’s also an innovator in teaching methods in Higher Education. Below is an excerpt of an excerpt where Wesch explains what he thinks is the secret of his success. Click through fror the full article and podcast. … Continue reading

Great short, animated video on why universities have to get more open and agile

http://video.fastcompany.com/plugins/player.swf?v=08388cba12094&p=fc_social By Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U, source.

Re-imagining the university (again but this time differently)

(I’ve checked with Keith and the absence of a seventh principle between the sixth and the eighth is a simple error!) Clipped from http://www.thesocietyforcuriousthought.com Re-imagining the university (again but this time differently) There’s nothing particularly new about calling for the university to be re-thought/re-imagined/rebuilt. How could it be otherwise? An institution set up in order … Continue reading

Saylor.org: zero-cost alternative to higher education

Another initiative (US-based, non-profit) to provide alternatives to universities, based around Open CourseWare. Saylor covers a good range of course areas, though “while we may try to obtain accreditation in the future, at present, Saylor.org is not an accredited institution and does not confer degrees of any kind”. There’s a good appreciation by Stian Haklev … Continue reading

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

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