Jumping into online offerings the way so many universities are wont to do these days is unhealthy for faculty and students alike. That move must be considered, careful, slow, and deliberate.
We need to critically examine all of our assumptions about conferences. How they are run. Who leads them. What kind of learning should happen there?
There are countless brilliant students who need the opportunity of school.
"Education lifts, inspires, changes lives, builds futures, starts careers, reveals new knowledge. It’s this profoundly odd and profoundly unlikely and profoundly beautiful endeavor that strikes at what humans do most naturally and best: learning."
Academic freedom should not bind us to our beliefs, but should free us to explore potential new futures, new cultural realities, and to join in a production of tomorrow.
The predation of the edtech industry only works if we don’t lift our heads to see it, raise our hands to change it, stand in its way.