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2011 Year of Edupunk

As education budget cuts bite hard and resources become ever scarcer, educators will increasingly adopt a DIY approach to ensure that quality learning continues. Educators that don’t embrace the change will see their courses ever harder to deliver, leading to decay and eventual cutbacks.

Courtesy of bionic teaching, Creative Commons License

Edupunks have been making, sharing and collaborating already, and their practices will have to become mainstream for quality further & higher education to continue as before. Cuts will lead to less investment in ICT, staff and support, and educators will embrace the cloud, moving their course content into the open network and enabling greater sharing between institutions and across boundaries that were previously seen as no-go areas. Closed Virtual Learning Environments will be replaced by open networks of collaboration. Course materials will be shared under Creative Commons licensing. Increasingly, open source and free software will become the norm rather than the exception. Teams of educators, adopting an open-source philosophy, will collaborate worldwide to maintain or replace systems that once were run by commercial concerns and left to wither and die (Delicious?). Students will adapt to using their own equipment, phones, cameras, netbooks which will no longer be supplied by their institution. Paperless working will have finally arrived. Learning from your own home (and teaching from home) will negate the need for costly buildings and transportation. Student socialising will happen in the virtual world, but become increasingly sophisticated with the addition of video conferencing and collaborative tools. Students will have greater choice as real online learning becomes possible and location becomes less important.
This is the future of education. This is 2011. Adapt or die.

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  1. January 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    You have always been a serious role model for me in terms of how to use technologies. Thanks you for your kind comments. Keep up the great work.
    Renaldo Lawrence

  2. April 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    A much delayed response here to your post.

    Some very valid points you’ve raised here. Cuts or no cuts, it seems like the gulf is widening between those educators that willingly embrace tech in their teaching and those that are still waiting for it to all go away. I think that this gulf will only widen, particularly as things like budgets are squeezed further in some areas and the need for a wider embrace of internet technologies in education become stronger.

    I’m due to speak at the IATEFL conference in Brighton next week on Creative Commons licensing, and would love to hear from you if you have any particular experience of using CC-licensed works in the classroom (positive or negative). Drop by at the following, if interested:


  1. December 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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