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  1. Oct 2022
  2. Sep 2022
    1. This is the story of two companies, each driven by enlightened self-interest, that screwed up a mutual effort to preserve access to free educational resources with a gob-smacking level of tone-deafness.
  3. Aug 2022
    1. "We are fully committed to providing affordable, high-quality learning solutions for students," Joyner said. "We are excited to think openly and collaboratively with key partners like OpenStax to ensure that we, and our authors, are able to reach as many students as possible in new and highly accessible ways."
  4. Jul 2022
    1. We don’t expect National Defence or health care to promote growth: we just accept that territorial integrity and a healthy populace are good things.

      Been making that point about health (especially since, like education, it's a provincial jurisdiction). It's easy to think of perverse incentives if a profit motive dominates education and health. Physicians would want people to remain sick and teachers would prefer it if learners required more assistance.

      Hadn't thought enough about the DND part. Sure gives me pause, given the amounts involved. Or the fact that there's a whole lot of profit made in that domain.

      So, businesspeople are quick to talk about "cost centres". Some of them realize that those matter a whole lot.

  5. Jun 2022
    1. Le centre de services scolaire de Montréal gère 187 écoles qui accueillent plus de 110 000 élèves.

      Close to 1B$ for 110k learners. Coming from Higher Ed, that'd be the equivalent of two large universities. Maybe I should check the budgets of public universities since 0.5B$ sounds like a lot.

  6. May 2022
  7. Mar 2022
    1. En France, quand on parle de ressources gratuites, la première réaction est souvent : mais ça l’est déjà !
    2. pourquoi les instances publiques exercent un vrai soutien pour l’accès libre aux publications scientifiques et pas de soutien du même ordre pour les REL
    3. En France, le chiffre d’affaires net de l’édition scolaire représente 388 millions d’euros par an
  8. Sep 2021
    1. will music tech be able to compete as lockdowns gradually end
    2. about all music tech companies seeking venture funding for growth using subscriptions
    3. a subscription to Reason, to Lumi, to iZotope stuff, to Adobe Creative Suite… these are not all created equal
    4. There’s a gap between “we want SaaS to work because that’d be good for us as investors” and “SaaS is proving to be a solid investment with real consumers.”
    5. how music in general stacks up to competition from all the other things you can do with your time and money
    6. It goes without saying that venture finance at the moment absolutely adores subscription models.
    7. without a financial filing since 2019
    8. pre-pack (pre-packaged) insolvency
    9. Luminary is talking about pushing its subscription-based software business.
    10. headcount at ROLI was at some point up to 250 people
    11. pretax losses of £34.1 million on revenues of £11.4 million
    12. most enduring names in the music tech business in fact have pursued very conservative, gradual growth
    13. the marketplace wasn’t big enough given our venture trajectory
    14. But on the other hand, it was clear ROLI was burning investment money in pursuit of a growth strategy that seemed potentially unrealistic to an outside observer.
    15. this could be a cautionary tale for “hypergrowth” in music making
  9. Aug 2021
    1. “They have to decide whether to eat or pay for the book, whether to pay rent or pay for the book. It’s a one-time cost, but it has multiple implications of students sacrificing utilities, for example, and then putting their housing at risk.”
  10. Jul 2021
    1. A recent Cengage survey (publication forthcoming)
    2. Michael Hansen is the Chief Executive Officer of Cengage, an education technology company serving millions of learners worldwide.
    1. The fact that students think their own degrees are still valuable but believe higher education is generally "not worth the cost" suggests a pricing problem -- that even if the degrees are valuable, students think they're paying too much for it.
    2. when presented with a more general statement -- "higher education is not worth the cost to students anymore" -- nearly two-thirds agreed, up from just under half in the first such survey last August.
    1. One reason universities may be well situated to be stewards of this program? They are versed in retention strategies, regularly deployed to make sure students stay on track to graduation, Twilley said
  11. Apr 2021
    1. All of which means my courses this academic year are covering a lot less material than they normally would.
  12. Nov 2017
    1. mandate the use of "learning management systems."

      Therein lies the rub. Mandated systems are a radically different thing from “systems which are available for use”. This quote from the aforelinked IHE piece is quite telling:

      “I want somebody to fight!” Crouch said. “These things are not cheap -- 300 grand or something like that? ... I want people to want it! When you’re trying to buy something, you want them to work at it!”

      In the end, it’s about “procurement”, which is quite different from “adoption” which is itself quite different from “appropriation”.

    1. our CIO said that sure he could put some money to a pilot that did something like this

      Fateful. It might not be about investing resources, but some may miscalculate the resources needed or available for such initiatives.

    1. (I would add that the message, “Hey, it’s no big deal to us if we lose some adopters” is not a great one for members of the community who feel like their needs are not being met.)
  13. Oct 2016
    1. In the end, your assessment of Trump’s chances comes down to the same consideration as with a falling stock: How sound are the fundamentals? Is Trump the equivalent of a beleaguered blue-chip that still has lots of hard assets?
  14. Sep 2016
    1. frame the purposes and value of education in purely economic terms

      Sign of the times? One part is about economics as the discipline of decision-making. Economists often claim that their work is about any risk/benefit analysis and isn’t purely about money. But the whole thing is still about “resources” or “exchange value”, in one way or another. So, it could be undue influence from this way of thinking. A second part is that, as this piece made clear at the onset, “education is big business”. In some ways, “education” is mostly a term for a sector or market. Schooling, Higher Education, Teaching, and Learning are all related. Corporate training may not belong to the same sector even though many of the aforementioned EdTech players bet big on this. So there’s a logic to focus on the money involved in “education”. Has little to do with learning experiences, but it’s an entrenched system.

      Finally, there’s something about efficiency, regardless of effectiveness. It’s somewhat related to economics, but it’s often at a much shallower level. The kind of “your tax dollars at work” thinking which is so common in the United States. “It’s the economy, silly!”

    1. If an organization works — and extracting billions of dollars in federal student aid money suggests ITT worked for a long time — then who it most frequently and efficiently works best for is one way to understand the organization.
  15. Aug 2016
  16. Jul 2016
    1. improving teaching, not amplifying learning.

      Though it’s not exactly the same thing, you could call this “instrumental” or “pragmatic”. Of course, you could have something very practical to amplify learning, and #EdTech is predicated on that idea. But when you do, you make learning so goal-oriented that it shifts its meaning. Very hard to have a “solution” for open-ended learning, though it’s very easy to have tools which can enhance open approaches to learning. Teachers have a tough time and it doesn’t feel so strange to make teachers’ lives easier. Teachers typically don’t make big purchasing decisions but there’s a level of influence from teachers when a “solution” imposes itself. At least, based on the insistence of #BigEdTech on trying to influence teachers (who then pressure administrators to make purchases), one might think that teachers have a say in the matter. If something makes a teaching-related task easier, administrators are likely to perceive the value. Comes down to figures, dollars, expense, expenditures, supplies, HR, budgets… Pedagogy may not even come into play.

    1. From an academic perspective, “explainer” is almost inevitably a misnomer for a two-minute animation aimed at a mass audience. 
  17. Jun 2016
    1. people really don't want to criticize this, because it is a humanitarian effort, a nonprofit effort and to criticize it is a little bit stupid, actually.
  18. Jan 2016
    1. To date Teaching in a Digital Age has been downloaded 13,679 times since its publication in April this year and is also available in print
    1. Bitcoin is not intended to be an investment and has always been advertised pretty accurately: as an experimental currency which you shouldn’t buy more of than you can afford to lose
    2. don’t invest what you can’t afford to lose

      Oft-repeated, rarely-heeded.

    1. It was not so very long ago that people thought that semiconductors were part-time orchestra leaders and microchips were very, very small snack foods. --Geraldine A. Ferraro

      Good one.

  19. Dec 2015