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Edupunk begets Eduprog at CETIS 2008 Conference

Posted by Brian Kelly on 30 Nov 2008

I commented on the “Edupunk” meme a while ago. For some people this provides a useful metaphor for describes a ‘anyone can do it’ approach to e-learning developments; although others are very critical of the term (and thus provide further support for the edupunk meme, you could argue, articulating the anger which was felt in the late 1970s by Radio 2 presenters and others who felt challenged by radically new ideas!)

At the recent CETIS 2008 conference, the term “Eduprog” was coined. Lorna Campbell was the first to blog about The dawn of eduprog and, as she describes “Eduprog has spread over the twittosphere like a gold lurex cape and has already generated considerable sage discussion and chin stroking”. The term “reflects a domain that generates questionable “concept” specifications of baroque complexity (cf. FRBR, IEEE LOM) and application profiles and reports the equivalent of extend guitar solos“.

Twitter discussions on the term have included:

#eduprog much better reflects the true state of education technology- long-winded, self-indulgent, boring standards-making

“long winded and self-indulgent” or virtuoso boundary pushing redefining forms and developing new techniques?

Now some people don’t like the coining of new metaphors, but I find that the term has helped in providing an additional insight into some of the criticism we have seen recently regarding the development of overblown standards. The term itself might not catch on, but it has been useful. A point Tony Hirst made to me at the CETIS conference about the ‘edupunk’ term – and he should know, as he did create what was possibly the first edupunk video. Now is there a concept album to follow?

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Anarchy In The UK

Posted by Brian Kelly on 9 Jun 2008

I was never into punk when I was at University (I went to see Queen when I was at Leeds University) but I can appreciate how it changed the music scene. So I was interested to see the recent buzz on Twitter and in the blogosphere over the term ‘edupunk’. Mike Caulfield likes the term because “it captures the cultural revulsion many of us feel with the appropriation of the Learning 2.0 movement by corporations such as Blackboard“. And I feel that Tony Hirst encapsulates the edupunk approach which “favors technical accessibility over grand design” from his comments on the CRIG DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) Metadata Barcamp :

A couple of things to note: JISC apparently likes to fund SOAP powered webservices. Whilst these might conceivably make sense for complicated web service transcations, they’re probably overkill in our sector most of the time (a sigh went up from the developers whenever a SOAP interface was mentioned).

REST, it seems, is the punk response to the pompous stadium rock of SOAP and the Web Services stack. And in a post on Changing Expectations: Educational Publishing Tony published a video clip giving his contribution to the edupunk movement:

Now David Harrison recently commented in response to my post on From Disruptive To Innovative Technologies:

I think it was me that raised the question at the event in the context of “Can you imagine going to your Vice-Chancellor and saying … I want to introduce and support some disruptive technologies into our organisation”.

It’s clearly even less likely that institutional policy makers will find the term ‘edupunk’ appealing. But just as punk transformed the music scene, and the wider cultural environment perhaps edupunk will have a similar impact on the educational system.

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