UnCollege: a social movement supporting self-directed higher education

UnCollege helps independent learners create their own higher education in the real world, succeed without a college degree, and change the world. In a traditional college setting, individuals easily lose the joy of learning amid lectures and theoretical perspectives. After years of this passivity, they are sapped of creative force at the beginning of their careers. However, UnCollegians see no separation between themselves and the world. Through self-designed projects and experiential learning, they truly engage in the world and learn from it — on their own terms.

There is no profile of a typical UnCollege student. Individuals can use UnCollege to complement university experience, replace traditional education or further their education — at any age! Together these unstudents create an age-diverse and interest-diverse group dedicated to meaningful learning. By creating, completing, and evaluating their own curricula, UnCollege students claim ownership over their education. The learner defines her own higher education and won’t flounder when she must direct her own life. UnCollege is not for everyone: if you’re looking to complete college in your pajamas, you’re in the wrong place.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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