Thursday, April 22, 2010

DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education

Anya Kamenetz's new book is stimulating lots of conversation - and not a small amount of controversy. I have written a book review for Planning for Higher Education which provides a critical assessment of this book - Check it out.

This is a book worth reading by anyone interested in confronting the perfect storm currently beseiging us: the increasing cost of higher education, diminished family finances, Great-Recession-based declines in opportunities for new graduates and long-term returns on education, limited capacity of higher education organizations to transform, and revolutionary approaches to do-it-yourself (DIY) learning. Paul Lefrere and I have called these new approaches "free-range learning" and they are presenting viable alternatives that likely will gain traction as the perfect storm roils and churns its way across the educationspace.