(The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News

Audrey Watters, Hack Education, Dec 19, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As someone who creates my own news summary I have a pretty good idea of the effort that goes into it. So I know what it has taken for Audrey Watters to produce her listing over the last eight years, and yes, I can understand why she's calling an end to it. It think, though, there's a difference in what we did over the years. While it's true that I do keep an eye on mainstream sources (NPR, Washington Post, EdSurge, Inside Higher ed, etc., ie, every source in her newsletter today) I would find a steady diet of it demoralizing and depressing, especially since most of it is marketing, not news. Where I still find my excitement and raison d'être is in the blogs and discussion boards, in the journals and research reports, in the words of the people actually doing the work and not the flacks paid to promote some commercial abbreviation of it. I hope she finds that excitement again, and curse those who drained it from her.

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