algorithmic consequences for education and worst/best possibilities
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:
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.
Latest teaching@digital podcast: Self-determination theory, Community of Inquiry and the MOOC ; these seem to be getting more rambling and disorderly as we go along😁. Late night, silliness and plenty of cuts to get below 20. #mscedc https://t.co/o8uKVKciTE
— David Yeats (@DavidYeats3) February 27, 2020
Some crossover here with the Micro-ethnographic artefact.
Renee and I discuss what Ryan and Deci’s Self determination theory can offer to our understanding of community. We also touch on the Community of Inquiry model for online education and how these two are challenged and thwarted by the xMOOC.
Latest teaching@digital: social learning utopia. A broad discussion coming to terms with some new concepts in the #mscedc. Questioning what community is, the naturalisation of social learning, the utopian ideal of virtual community…and much morehttps://t.co/VgMeMZ0N6i
— David Yeats (@DavidYeats3) February 5, 2020
teaching@digital podcast as part of #mscde & #mscedc , today Renee and I discuss the convergence of posthumanism and corporate religion, and how that has helped form the discourse of educational technology. Sound quality apologies https://t.co/RATnR5jUqW
— David Yeats (@DavidYeats3) January 25, 2020
In The Historiography of Cyberculture, Sterne troubles the certainty of what academia assumes to be cybercultures by refocussing on the role of audio. So I thought a podcast format could contribute to highlighting this narrative.
Recording from Hobart Tasmania, we discuss some of the convergence between posthumanism, the human potential movement, new religious movements, education and educational technology.
Apologies for the strange sound quality, recorded on my phone in a pub. Thanks to the pub band at the Fisherman’s Arms in Hobart for the jazz background.
This was edited very hastily so silences have been auto cut, creating some interesting speech patterns that I thought heighten the sens of digital sound. Sorry if some word are cut off here and there.