The Affordable Education Route

University of the People is a part of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. As such, we think it is important to highlight important resources that assist the growth of the OER movement and recommend, for those interested in online study, that you take a look at a new resource available.

People can study almost everything online nowadays. With the support of the Gates Foundation, well-known educational author, Anya Kamenetz’s was able to put together a reference book, The Edupunk’s Guide to a DIY Credential. Available for free download, the pdf book is a great starting point if you are looking to study online as it details ways to get an affordable education. Anya starts the book off by explaining that DIY, or Do-it-Yourself, doesn’t “mean that you do it all alone. It means that the resources are in your hands and you’re driving the process.”

She further explains that, “Being an edupunk is not for the faint of heart. Without exception, the students I talked to said that being self-motivated and having good time management skills are absolutely essential for success along a DIY educational path. I would add that you need to be the type of person who’s willing to try something new, even if it’s a little unproven and untested.”

University of the People students were profiled on pages 87 and 88 of the pdf, and we would like to thank the UoPeople students who were interviewed, including those interviewed but possibly not profiled in the book, for taking the time to share their inspiring insights and valuable thoughts.

We encourage you to review Anya’s advice and the resources she details (again, it’s a free resource):


About President Shai Reshef

Starting in 1989, Shai Reshef served as chairman of the Kidum Group, a test preparation company, which he sold in 2005 to Kaplan, one of the world’s largest education companies. While chairman of Kidum, he built an online university affiliated with the University of Liverpool, enrolling students from more than 100 countries; that business was sold to Laureate, another large for-profit education company, in 2004. A vessel for universal higher education, UoPeople has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote and poorest places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past two years are any indication, this is not merely a pipe dream.
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1 Response to The Affordable Education Route

  1. Kale says:

    Thanks for sharing, Mr. Reshef.

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