Education by algorithm

learning, pedagogy
In an article on the CoExist website, entitled "Personalization And Analytics: The Future Of Education?", the author, EdSurge [sic] waxes lyrical about Knewton, the unfunnily-punning paid-for mass-customised online educational delivery mechanism. "Jose Ferreira has a big vision of what his startup, Knewton (which attempts to make personalized curricula for individual students), can do for education." So this dystopian vision of education as a mass-customised experience, driven by Google-style analytics is one in which education is reduced to dehumanised algorithms and in which there appears to be no role for pedagogy, nor the opportunity for students to learn by failing, and which teachers are apparently an out-moded and inefficient resource and the emphasis is on "getting through a course". "Knewton will create unique recommendations (both of conceptual material as well…
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