The Edupunks’ Guide

To a DIY Credential

By Anya Kamenetz

© 2011 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Thanks to the Gates Foundation, especially Suzanne Walsh and Mark Milliron, for encouraging and supporting this project.

Thanks to Molly Hensley-Clancy, my able research assistant, for her reporting and other extensive contributions.

Thanks to Dennis Littky, Michael McCarthy, and the students of College Unbound for their help with user testing.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to speak with me, respond to my surveys, and otherwise help with the project.

Table of Contents

How to use the Edupunks’ Guide

Edupunk Quiz

DIY Education Manual

HowTo 1: Do Research Online
HowTo 2: Write a Personal Learning Plan
HowTo 3: Teach Yourself Online
HowTo 4: Build Your Personal Learning Network
HowTo 5: Find a Mentor
HowTo 6: Get a Credential
HowTo 7: Demonstrate Value to a Network

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