Algorithmic play artefact : teaching@digital podcast:

My algorithmic artefact is hosted on Podbean. There is the podcast itself but also more details of my algorithmic play experience framing this episode as text and screenshots. Would love you comment here or on the Podbean site, cheers:

https://teachingatdigital.podbean.com/e/teachingdigital12-part_1-algorithmic-play-soundcloud-education-and-gaming-elevators/

One thing that has stood out for me in the efforts of platforms to personalise our experience by means of recommender algorithms is how this cultural turn influences what is expected of the services of educational institutions:

“the predefined ‘needs’ of the learner begin to provide the core justifications for education, the role of the educational institution and its teachers becomes merely responsive, one in which the institution exists to supply educational ‘services’ in response to learner demand.” (Knox, Williamson, Bayne, 2020)

In the same way that these ubiquitous platforms become more successful, the more responsive they are to our whims and desires, there is a feeling that for education to “survive” or merely become better, it must be adaptive to what ‘learners’ want.

The assumption being that autonomous ‘learners’ already exist complete as they are, rather than having their learning aspirations shaped by their teachers.