DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education
I subscribe to Online Daily, a free, regular email service by Stephen Downes, an educational researcher based in Moncton, New Brunswick. A recent email mentioned a new book by Anya Kamenetz, a journalist and author of Generation Debt, which was published in 2006. Her new book, DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, documents the changes in higher education that are taking place as traditional college degrees become more expensive and people turn to new models of provision, new forms of access, and peer production of content. A discussion about the issues raised by the book, initiated by Stephen Downes, led me to explore further. Read a sample chapter and watch a short (4 min.) video of Anya talking about what led her to write the book (if you have time, there is also a 29 minute version of the interview). Follow her Twitter stream. What evidence have you come across of the transformation she talks about? Where can you imagine this going? What might the ideal student-centred learning experience be like? How will these developments change traditional universities? How soon are we likely to see a substantially different education landscape?