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Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

Last week I participated in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2016 conference. I was there for a few reasons, starting with having the fine opportunity to lead a pre conference workshop, followed by presenting on two panels, helping out with a Twitter component, and reconnecting with dozens of friends and colleagues. Let me share some materials here, along with reflections on the conference. Preconference workshop.

Avoiding the Mediocre Middle

Improving Education Environments

Over the next 9 days I have the good fortune to give six presentations at three excellent conferences: dLRN, AACE and NWeLearn. Yes, Wiley is correct that there is a mediocre middle for OER that tries to be all things to all men, but I disagree with the escape hatch he sees in open licenses…in part our interest in solutionism continues to push us towards these negotiations rather than embracing the discord that truly exists.

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Avoiding the Mediocre Middle

Improving Education Environments

Over the next 9 days I have the good fortune to give six presentations at three excellent conferences: dLRN, AACE and NWeLearn. Yes, Wiley is correct that there is a mediocre middle for OER that tries to be all things to all men, but I disagree with the escape hatch he sees in open licenses…in part our interest in solutionism continues to push us towards these negotiations rather than embracing the discord that truly exists.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “Are You Getting a Pay Bump For Student Completion? ” “Whatever Happened To MOOCs ?” Via Boing Boing : “Dupes gather at sold-out Flat Earth International Conference.” Stephen Downes and David Wiley debate OER : “The Cost Trap, Part 3” by David Wiley. “If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER” by Stephen Downes.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Chalkbeat investigates the Indiana Virtual School : “As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers – but founder’s company charged it millions.” Educause is holding its annual conference this week. The company is co-founded by Nick Ducoff, formerly of the OER textbook startup Boundless. (National) Education Politics.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy. Indeed, according to one story in The Atlantic , a school district in Colorado opted to do away with parent-teacher conferences entirely, encouraging parents instead to simply check online to see what their children were up to. MOOCs are, no surprise, their own entry on this long list of awfulness.