Available in a multitude of formats (.mobi, .epub, .pdf, .rtf, and more!), this free ebook is written by Fast Company writer Anya Kamenetz with support from the Gates Foundation. The book is based on the premise that the traditional process of attending college is expensive and exclusive — but more importantly, the way education is being delivered is changing. The purpose of this book is to provide you with resources that give you control over your education.
Now I haven’t read the entire book from cover to cover, but I don’t think you’re supposed to! The “How to use the Edupunks’ Guide” section helps you figure out what you want to learn from the book — do you want to learn about online programs? Are you interested in alternative college programs that help you earn a degree faster? Or do you just want to find free, open sources of educational content?
Personally, I’m most interested in the last section of the book — “Open World” — that lists where you can find open educational content, social learning websites, and reputation-based networks. For example, I’ve known about MIT Open Courseware for a while but had no idea that there is an open courseware consortium. I also didn’t know about the web development resources named in the book.
The Edupunks’ Guide is definitely worth checking out if you’re an independent self-learner or just interested in exploring the free online resources out there.
Are you an edupunk? What open content resources do you use or know of?