Shannon Hauser has been working in the Simpson library at UMW for almsot a year now, and this afternoon she brought DTLT a couple of booksthat the they’re taking out of circulation. I love that she did, kinda makes me want to hook her up with a free domain and web hosting 🙂 One of the books she brought over is a second edition of Web-Teaching: A Guide to Designing Interactive Teaching for the Wolrd Wide Web. It was published in 2001, and it updates the state of educational technology in the four years between 1997 and 2001. I’m going to sit down with it over the next few days because it aligns with where my heads is at the moment, but Shannon pointed me immediately to this little nugget on page 41:
A “free service,” “open to anyone for enrollment,” “thousands of courses,” “Easy-to-use software,” etc. It’s Google Apps for education and corporate MOOCs all over again. But in the end it never winds up being free or open or disruptive or innovative. It ends up being a market to exploit, and that’s where I get pissed off that we seem to be falling into the same traps. When is highered going to reclaim the web? At some point there has to be a reckoning, and be careful because the bava is heating up his flamethrower!