Teaching kids to code outside the curriculum and classroom

This is from Emma Mulqueeny (@hubmum), a friend, a prime mover of Young Rewired State (http://youngrewiredstate.org/), and tireless advocate of young people building a better world through coding. Here she describes the practical and (I would say) agile steps that an initiative called Computing at School (http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/) is taking to help schoolkids to learn to … Continue reading

Do virtual schools have to be about “warehouse teaching”?

Many of us believe that new forms of learning that are self-organised and encourage self-starting resilience can be better than the traditional models. But we must be alive to the risks and the “other side of the coin” all the time. This account (possibly not impartial, but neither are many accounts) paints a dystopian picture … Continue reading

Wikispaces Projects: no classroom needed in theory, so why is one needed in practice?

Good to see that Wikispaces is adding more support for collaborative work to their offerings. These kinds of tools are really useful for people who want to organise their own learning. There’s just one fly in the ointment: people who want to organise their own learning can’t use them. That’s because Wikispaces is only making … Continue reading

New book on how to hack your own education & get a qualification

“Hot” off the “press” comes Anya Kamenetz’s follow-up to DIY U. Thanks to support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this is a free e-book (all formats). Styled as an Edupunk’s Guide, the emphasis is on practical guidance for the individual, picking up where DIY U’s journalistic survey of the state of play left … 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

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

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

No ‘one size fits all’ model for education, #OER still only at end of the beginning (excerpts from @donaldclark)

This is a long piece by Donald Clark that touches on many subjects. I’m not attempting a summary of it all here, just excerpting the key lessons that seemed most valuable from an agile learning perspective… Clipped from donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com 10 lessons learnt at WISE in Doha This culture clash surfaced time and time again at … Continue reading

Does University of the People’s free model rely on #OER & gifted time from retired profs & librarians?

It’s quite difficult to work out from the website quite what the foundation of the model is, but Open Educational Resources and gifted time seems to be part of the mix. This would be a really interesting case of the disruptive potential of OERs. Clipped from http://www.uopeople.org ABOUT US AND HOW TO GET TUITION-FREE ONLINE … Continue reading