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n. An education reform movement that eschews traditional teaching tools in favor of Internet-based learning and other high-tech methods. Also: edu-punk.


Example Citations:
The troubled economy and changing technology have already fueled a do-it-yourself education reform movement dubbed "edupunk," which envisions virtual campuses and lower-cost or even free instruction. The edupunks are picking up where traditional institutions left off.
—Patrick Arden, "Will NYC's College Building Boom Bubble Pop?," The Village Voice, July 27, 2010


Edupunks — the term for high-tech do-it-yourself educators who skirt traditional structures — are piloting wiki-type U's that stitch together open course material from many institutions and combine it with student-to-student interaction.
—Katie Hafner, "An Open Mind," The New York Times, April 16, 2010


Earliest Citation:
My next series of posts will be about what I think EDUPUNK is and the necessity for a communal vision of EdTech to fight capital's will to power at the expense of community. I hope others will join me.
—Jim Groom, "The Glass Bees," bavatuesdays, May 25, 2008

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