Monopoly Technology Platforms Are Colonizing Education

Source: Hacker News

Article note: This is only the _new_ carpetbaggers, the publishers (see: Cengage) have been in that game for a long time. It's a market where the customers are two layers removed from the users (deanlets make the purchasing decisions, instructors tolerate, students suffer) so of course it's terrible and driven by risk-aversion. That said, _reliability_ and _consistency_ make the hand-rolled ed tech a problem - if students need a different platform for each class, you've created an unacceptable burden. If shit keeps breaking, it's a burden on the students.
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