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Sian Bayne EMMA MOOCs conference

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Slides from EMMA/Federica conference September 2015

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Sian Bayne EMMA MOOCs conference

  1. 1. International MOOCs conference 2015 Siân Bayne, University of Edinburgh
  2. 2. An example: critical posthumanism and sociomaterialsm “questioning that the figure of ‘Man’ naturally stands at the centre of things; is entirely distinct from animals, machines, and other nonhuman entities; is absolutely known and knowable to ‘himself’; is the origin of meaning and history; and shares with all other human beings a universal essence.” (Badmington, 2004) Humans and non-humans are engaged in a history that should render their separation impossible. (Latour 2003)
  3. 3. “One can predict that in a few more years millions of school children will have access to what Philip of Macedon’s son Alexander enjoyed as a royal prerogative: the personal services of a tutor as well-informed and responsive as Aristotle.” (Suppes, 1966) Learning design: teacher automation
  4. 4. intelligent tutoring systems artificial intelligence in education educational datamining learning analytics “the ideological shaping of educational technology along individualistic, neo-liberal and new capitalist lines.” (Selwyn 2014)
  5. 5. The critical pedagogy approach re-focuses attention away from the functionality of e-learning environments back to the core relations between students and teachers and the conditions in which they find themselves. (Clegg 2003) Faculty response: “a two-fold mobilization in defense of the human touch.” (Feenberg 2003)
  6. 6. Teacherbot #edcmooc
  7. 7. “While I was trying to figure out what the hell ‘post-humanism’ means, the teacher bot led me on a merry chase looking up quotes and obscure academic references, which had the interesting side effect of ‘ambush teaching’ me. I will happily admit, that I do not feel like I have been to a class. I do not feel like I have been taught, either. I do, however, think I have learned something. I’ve certainly been prompted to think. Isn’t this what every good teacher/trainer strives for?” Giddens 2013
  8. 8. @sbayne sian.bayne@ed.ac.uk The posthuman predicament encourages us to undertake a leap forward into the complexities and paradoxes of our times. (Braidotti 2013)

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