Wonderful debunking of e-portfolios by @donaldclark

On his blog, Donald Clark has built a strong track record of laying into some cherished ideas and proclaiming that the emperor has no clothes. This post is the perfect antidote to my post here a few months ago http://agilelearning.amplify.com/2011/01/25/the-new-breed-of-tools-for-building-online-portfolios-myshowcase-zesti-others/ I’ve just included the headings of Donald’s seven reasons — click through for full details … 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

Open Badge lightweight accreditation

Here’s one of several case studies showing how Mozilla’s Open Badge gives credit for learning that takes place outside educational institutions and formal settings. Clipped from openmatt.wordpress.com How do we explain Mozilla’s Open Badge Project to beginners? These user stories — drawn from Erin Knight’s “Open Badge System Framework” paper — are meant to illustrate … Continue reading

Ragged Uni: free, peer-based learning

Another model of peer-based self-organised learning, based so far in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, and London (though Glasgow seems the most active by some distance). In addition to the “everyone has something to teach” ethos, the Ragged University is also working on a hub of free educational resources, supported and discounted entry into formal education, plus … 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

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

The new breed of tools for building online portfolios: MyShowcase, ZESTi, others?

Interesting to see the latest generation of tools for building online portfolios & records of achievement. (zesti.com is another I’ve been looking at — if you know of more, please post in the comments) The recognition of learning and achievements outside institutional contexts has been a challenge that seems to have resisted solutions for at … Continue reading

Interview with @stephenheppell about future schools, including his “rule of 3” (http://goo.gl/WkzlW)

Here’s an excerpt from a fairly wide-ranging interview. It’s four months old now, but I’m guessing only a minority of those passing by this site will have seen it before… The quote, “Schools are full of things that our descendants will look back on and laugh out loud at”, seems especially plausible. Clipped from http://www.fastcodesign.com … Continue reading