June 22, 2015
“Faculty are the guardians of the curriculum and student learning.”
“It is necessary now, more than ever, for tenured faculty and non-tenured faculty to work in solidarity.”
From John Warner’s - ASU English: Lessons Learned from a Good Outcome
Will the edtech profession ever come out as strongly as John Warner has done for ASU non tenure-track faculty?
Will we ever step up, and use our platforms and spend our capital, to argue for fair compensation and security for our non-tenure track faculty colleagues?
How can we as an edtech profession demonstrate solidarity and common cause with all the educators on our campuses?
What would happen if we consistently and forcefully argued for the value of the educator for learning?
Where would we be as an edtech profession if we were the most skeptical and resistant to technology ever substituting for educators?
What needs to happen so that our edtech profession is able affirm that authentic learning occurs best in the context of a strong faculty / student relationship?
How can those of us in the edtech profession develop a thorough understanding of the faculty labor market?
What do you make of the hypothesis that if edtech is ever become strategic that the profession will need to develop our voice outside of traditional campus technology domains?
Are there any group of campus leaders better placed than edtech leaders to understand and argue that authentic learning does not scale, and that the antidote to the commoditization of higher education is investment in educators?
Can the edtech profession make an economic and business argument to invest in all faculty, with the idea that the real institutional differentiator is not knowledge transmission but a personalized and relational model of education?
What will need to happen to bring into alignment the values of the edtech profession with the values represented by colleagues such as John Warner?
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