Having taught online for years and being one of those overproduced PhDs who was forced to work in the for-profit sector to eat, I think we are at Chomsky’s stage 6. I developed a course for Embanet and it was the worst possible educational experience ever. I know tons of my counterparts, none of whom, despite great schools, publication, teaching, etc can land a FT-TT job, and are forced to work in the for-profit sweat shops of academia. We are all called “faculty” or facitators and treated like migrant workers. No autonomy, just mandates and shut up. How I wish I had chosen another path… I am getting out soon.
The end is nigh people. We are selling credentials, not educating. Fool yourselves if you’d like, but those of you with tenure are the last generation. Education has been outsourced like the rest of America. We are enaged in creating compliant wage slaves and not educated citizens. Prof Trutteller has it correct. The era of F2F is over and online education with its watered down realities is here to stay.
Quoted from the comment stream on this Chronicle article. I do love the whole “the end is nigh people” sentiment, it brings out the educational survivalist in me.
And I was worried about the LMS all this time, jeez, I really lost the forest for the trees.
But in other, better news, the Library of Congress reminds us there is something resembling sanity still possible in the world of copyright, more from Kathleen Fitzpatrick here.