DIY education, the new normal?

Jim Groom's EDUPUNK tattoo.

Edupunk is an approach to teaching and learning practices that result from a do it yourself (DIY) attitude. (source: Wikipedia). Photo credit: umwdltl on Flickr.

I’m usually better than this at keeping up with social media and sharing fresh news. This one is a year old, but nevertheless worth sharing.

Published in November of 2010 on the “Marc and Angel Hack Life” blog, 12 Dozen Places to Educate Yourself Online For Free is a gold mine for anyone motivated enough to learn something new. It’s also a reality check on what learning really is in the 21st century:

All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.

This is in the true spirit of Anya Kamenetz best-seller DIY U. Kamenetz, a strong advocate of college affordability, was a keynote presenter at the EDUCAUSE conference back in October. She has also published a free book called The Edupunk’s Guide to a DIY Credential.

My 2 cents on this is that even though being a lifelong self-learner is a critical to keep up and grow as a professional, I don’t think most of us in academia would agree that a degree awarded by a non-college/university accrediting body has the same value as a traditionally awarded degree. But is it only a matter of time before higher education loses its edge in public opinion to open the door to DIY graduates? In your mind, would that be a good or a bad thing? Can you think of ways to embrace this attitude in your own practice?

Please share your comments or opinions below!

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