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

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

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.

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