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PSFK Talks with DIY U Author Anya Kamenetz

Posted Apr 14 2010 6:14am

Trend research and daily news site PSFK talked with author Anya Kamenetz ( DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education ) about the emerging models of higher education taking advantage of the new social media landscape (free, instant, crowd-sourced information; mentor and peer online tutoring; and open-source education models like MIT’s OpenCourseWare project) and what it means for the classroom of the future.

From PSFK :

What projects or ideas are currently inspiring your thinking?

A broad concept that I’m seeing increasingly enacted across domains like sustainability and energy, as well as education, is the replacement of physical resources with information. A simple example is carsharing–when you have a program like Zipcar and it’s accessible on your iPhone, 6 or 7 people can easily share one car with the convenience of ownership. As you do this, you also tap into people’s natural inclination to share, which strengthens communities. In education, it can mean delivering content online and freeing up the human resources of the teacher to focus on mentoring, coaching and dialogue.

I’m also absorbed in what it means to be more fully human online–the next step beyond “social.” I’m enacting this in the thick of my book “promotion” which really feels much more like an ongoing conversation with friends and contacts across blogs, Twitter, Google Buzz, Facebook, and occasionally mainstream media. I Tweeted the other day, “I really don’t know if I’m networking, researching, socializing or marketing–everything’s bleeding.”

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