A short, fresh introduction to Edupunk


I first came to the concept of edupunk through a line dropped by Max Senges, researcher at Stanford University and occasional collaborator of this UNESCO chair, on his Twitter. The sentence went like this: “let’s join the educational revolution through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edupunk“.

As you can read on Wikipedia, edupunk is “an ideology referring to teaching and learning practices that result from a do it yourself (DIY) attitude”. Alltough it can be an eccentric assotiation, the connection between this way of managing and spreading knowledge, typical from the 2.0 age, and the punk art and music scene from the 70’s & 80’s, where the term DIY became most popular, is undeniable. In this sense, and speaking in a complete personally way, I think edupunk is a right term.

The word is so new that anyone can ensure its permanance. It was first used by Jim Groom (on the picture), from the University of Mary Washington, on his blog on May 25. After its first appearance, some authors started the process of adoption that motivated me to write this post. A good example of edupunk is the course Murder, Madness, and Mayhem: Latin American Literature in Translation, from the University of British Columbia, that aims to be an experiment on creating articles on wikipedia “(having) one’s students as partners and peers”.

We can find other evidence of its soon adoption on a video clip produced by Tony Hirst at the Open University in the UK on 8 June 2008, created as an introduction to the term. Some unresolved questions about this are: Is edupunk a proper term? How long will it last? Is it too little serius for eduworld? What do you think of it all?

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