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Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

Talk presented at The University of Edinburgh

Audrey Watters

March 30, 2017
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  1. Driverless Ed-Tech:
    The History of the Future of
    Automation in Education
    Audrey Watters
    The University of Edinburgh — March 2017

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  2. massively open online futures

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  3. this is not a self-driving car

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  4. learning as an engineering problem

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  5. MOOCs and learners’ “driving” data

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  6. Engineered, not autonomous

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  7. What if I told you the technology actually sucks?

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  8. People who drive luxury cars replace workers with robots

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  9. Computers are cheaper for whom?

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  10. Precarious labor and “the sharing economy”

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  11. Robots “make great university professors” — R.U.R. (1920)

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  12. “Uber for Education”

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  13. “I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you”
    — Flannery O’Connor (1960)

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  14. Individualism and (American) car culture

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  15. The car as “personalization”

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  16. Other directions for this talk…

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  17. The driverless school

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  18. “Roaming autodidacts” — Tressie McMillan Cottom

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  19. “The Wal-Mart of higher education”

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  20. A century of teaching machines

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  21. Driverlessness — more algorithms, fewer roads, less freedom

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