I may be poking the bear here, but I’ve been following the discussion of EduPunk and have a few questions I’d like to raise. I’ll admit that I haven’t given this as much thought as I’d like to, and I also admit to being naive in the ways of the world, but can EduPunk ever be mainstream? The way it seems to be defined now, I don’t think so. If not, how can the majority of faculty be brought into the good practices EduPunk espouses? I think this question is related to the point JJulius makes here.
If the crux of EduPunk is radical first adoption of cutting edge technologies, whatever they are, then no. But if it means radically rethinking how we conduct higher education, then perhaps.
Is the purpose of EduPunk to provoke a change in mainstream academia? Okay, then what do we call those who adopt the new paradigm? What do we call the system that our IT staffs design to make the new paradigm easy to use and scalable?
I can imagine a learning management suite of tools, small pieces, loosely joined, that faculty are trained to choose from as they build their own course environments, and I can imagine that these environments are linked, like a bee hive to form a university’s online persona. I can imagine the tool suite having many default settings based on what the majority of faculty are using, but also allowing innovators to choose alternatives to better fit their own teaching needs. Would this be EduPunk or just Blackboard Version 15? If it results in most faculty using better teaching practices, don’t think it ultimately matters.