Tannis Morgan --There is no shortage of futurists speculating about innovation, disruption, and the future of educational technology in higher education. Yet, those responsible for leading edtech strategies and academic innovation are often faced with institutional realities and considerations that don't align with the visions being pitched by futurists and vendors. In this talk I will take us through some examples of ed tech absurdities from the perspective of a public college administrator responsible for the academic innovation strategy. I will dive into the importance of institutional control in an environment where it is increasingly critical to understand issues of privacy, surveillance, and big tech business models; our tendency to recreate problematic structures rather than rethink the models; and the need for alternative visions of NGDLEs driven by teaching and learning and not tech. I will suggest that open source educational technology is critical to a future where open education practices and flexible teaching and learning are established, and the importance of models such as Apereo, Domains of One's Own, and OpenETC in shaping that future.