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The History of the Future of Learning Objects

Audrey Watters
September 14, 2017

The History of the Future of Learning Objects

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Audrey Watters

September 14, 2017
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  1. The History of the Future
    of Learning Objects and
    Intelligent Machines
    Audrey Watters
    @audreywatters
    MIT CMS — “Learning, Media, and Technology” — Fall 2017

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  2. Those who do not know history are doomed to launch stupid startups
    — George Santayana, probably

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  3. Why I don’t care about “learning”

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  4. Technologies are ideological. They are “ideologically freighted” (Neil Selwyn)

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  5. Militarism and the history of computing

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  6. 1989: Tim Berners-Lee lays out a proposal for "a
    large hypertext database with typed links”
    1992: W3C adopts the HTML standard
    1993: The Web browser Mosaic is released
    1995: WebCT founded
    1997: Blackboard founded
    1998: W3C adopts the XML standard
    1999: D2L founded

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  7. There is no good image for this part of the talk, so enjoy this photo of Boris
    Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster

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  8. Frankenstein — still relevant

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  9. How do we talk about the future of learning “skills?

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