To update: On the morning of July 13th, the first day of the summit had 40,294 registrants.
As I wrote In frontThe REMOTE summit organized by the ASU promises to be one of COVID’s biggest and most important events this summer. It shows how proportionate a # ResilienceNetwork style response should be. Last Wednesday the summit had over 22,000 registrants.
22,000 registrants. As of last Wednesday.
There will be 100 speakers, the vast majority of whom are experts who will give practical advice on teaching in the fall. The standard interview lasts 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers. In other words, the talks are just long enough to provide one or two practical advice and answer questions about the application. There is no place for fluff. The Agenda of the summit is rich, diverse and practically focused. There will also be a track for permanent coaching, spaces for networking, and more.
And yet try to find an article about it in the high pressure press.
Go straight ahead. I’ll wait.
I tried half a dozen different search methods and basically found nothing. The chronicle and Times Higher Education (THE) are both listed as “media partners”. There was an article in THE It was too early to have anything substantial, and it was mostly an interview with Michael Crow. The summit didn’t even have a name when the article ran. It doesn’t appear in search queries, and when you read the article you can easily overlook the fact that there was even a summit. When I’m looking for that timeline I don’t find anything for reporting. Nada. Post Code. The same applies to Inside Higher Ed (IHE) IHE has a kind of partnership with THE, maybe you think you covered it like that).
In these publications you will find countless articles, surveys and opinions on how universities are not prepared for autumn. And yet here is an epic event This is to help universities prepare for autumnand you can’t publish an article about it? Not one? Given all of the survey results and quotes in the reports and fear-filled opinions, it doesn’t seem logical that your readers would like to know something about a free event that could help before this event?
There will likely be post reporting. I guess that’s better than nothing since the lectures will be available on video. As of Wednesday, however, 78,000 seats were still available for the conference. Instead of publishing the 397th poll about how anxious everyone is, why not write about a massive, unprecedented effort to do something about it?
The university press has always had trouble figuring out how technology-based education can be covered. While there have been various experiments over the years, both are in the end The chronicle and IHE opted for the main strategy of publishing specialized newsletters, essentially treating the topic as another niche, along with topics such as approvals and marketing. But technology-based education is currently not a minor focus. It is the show. It is time for these publications to fundamentally rethink their approach to reporting.