Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

It's not clear whether the authors of this report are opposed to the use of technology in education or the commercialization of education, and maybe it ultimately doesn't matter because the one is consistently conflated with the other throughout this report. Yes, there was a lot of ed tech used during the pandemic, and that's because the non-tech alternative of breathing in each others' faces wasn't available. From where I sit, the variuous organizations, institutions and companies involved have been responding to the general failure of traditional educational institutions, and their professors, to provide any meaningful response either to the pandemic, to cost considerations and chronic inequality, and to contemporary learning needs. I am a greater supporter of public education than most, and I am distressed that the intransigence of academia has pushed us to this point. (78 page user-hostile Issuu format).

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