Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Edupunk!

What is edupunk?
My take on it:
  • learning against all odds and
  • relying on yourself for your own learning and
  • learning in innovative ways and
  • rejecting corporate pressure/constraints
Here are some other interpretations:
"Edupunk is an ideology referring to teaching and learning practices that result from a do it yourself (DIY) attitude. Many instructional applications can be described as DIY education or Edupunk. It describes inventive teaching and inventive learning."
from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edupunk (page considered for deletion - for being too new [!!], since the whole concept first appeared under this name on 25 May 2009)
Here is how the whole thing was started by Jim Groom:
"For within those ideas is not a technology, but a group of people, who argue, disagree, and bicker, but also believe that education is fundamentally about the exchange of ideas and possibilities of thinking the world anew again and again, it is not about a corporate mandate to compete—however inanely or nefariously—for market share and/or power. I don’t believe in technology, I believe in people. And that’s why I don’t think our struggle is over the future of technology, it is over the struggle for the future of our culture that is assailed from all corners by the vultures of capital. Corporations are selling us back our ideas, innovations, and visions for an exorbitant price. I want them all back, and I want them now!
Enter stage left: EDUPUNK!"
Leslie Madsen Brooks had this to say:
"In short, edupunk is student-centered, resourceful, teacher- or community-created rather than corporate-sourced, and underwritten by a progressive political stance."
You might have been an edupunk all along only you didn't know you are one! At least it has a name now.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

A free online course on connectivism

Taken from the course description at http://ltc.umanitoba.ca:83/wiki/Connectivism# :
Connectivism and Connective Knowledge is a twelve week course that will explore the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and explore their application as a framework for theories of teaching and learning. It will outline a connectivist understanding of educational systems of the future. George Siemens and Stephen Downes – the two leading figures on connectivism and connective knowledge - will co-facilitate this innovative and timely course.

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