Week 8 Post : LMS vs. Edupunk

I do not see these two ideas conflicting. Personally, I like the ideas of “Edupunk” : DIY learning attitude, taking the responsibility of learning and the process of learning. It seems that learners can have more creativity and innovation in Edupunk practices. I also believe that Edupunk idea can also be incorporated into instruction design in schools. It is a chance!

For me, the key is the balance between openness and privacy. PLN, DIY learning, MOOC, and Edupunk all have their advantages in connection, communication, community, creativity and comparison. Many educators also have utilized social networking sites as their LMS and put their materials online.

However, working in educational institutes, I will stick with LMS. What I care about is the privacy and  the Internet safety. Most LMS now have integrated social media features in the system(wiki, blog, chat room, and forum) The advantage of LMS is the function of monitoring the learning process and gathering data. Students can also find things in one organized place at their own learning pace. I kind of identify with Edupunk in its flexibility, free, openness, collaboration and networked connection and will definitely take advantages of LMS in its assignment/grading/attendance feature, and privacy for students’ work .

So, what is next /future ? I think LMS will tend to be more open and connected… Due to the development of emerging technologies and the popularity of  PLE/ PLN, Edupunk is  defining what true learning is and  going beyond the boundaries of informal and formal learning .