The following post is the first “guest post” to ever appear on Building Creative Bridges. Written by long-time NMC (New Media Consortium) colleague Bryan Alexander, it initially appeared on Bryan’s own Future Trends Forum blog at https://bryanalexander.org/2017/12/19/the-new-media-consortium-its-sudden-death-and-what-comes-next/; appears here with his permission; and is part of an effort by many of us to maintain the dynamic, vibrant, global ed-tech community the NMC fostered before suddenly announcing its dissolution yesterday.
We learned via an email announcement, as follows:
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Shortly after receiving this Campus Technology asked for my reaction. Here’s what I told them:
I am heartbroken and gobsmacked. The news comes as a terrible shock. My heart goes out to the fine NMC staff, who don’t deserve this. Instead they deserve being snapped up by smart employers, stat. I also rue the blow to the community of splendid innovators that gathered around NMC since the 1990s. Can we use our imagination and technology to build something new in the NMC’s ruins?
I stand by those words.
Right after the announcement broke Twitter lit right up with questions, pleas, mourning, and brainstorming. I had just finished a long…
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