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The Algorithmic Future of Education

Audrey Watters bleibt ihrem Thema treu, und das ist gut so. Ihre ausführliche Keynote spannt sie um die Begriffe „austerity“, „automation“ und „algorithms“. Dabei zeichnet sie Verbindungen auf: zwischen der frühen Geschichte von Ed-Tech und heutigen Anbietern wie Knewton, zwischen Behaviorism und adaptiven Lernsystemen, zwischen Artificial Intelligence, MOOCs, Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) und Personalized Learning. Und, ja, es sind offensichtliche Verbindungen.

„Many of us in education technology talk about this being a moment of great abundance – information abundance – thanks to digital technologies. But I think we are actually / also at a moment of great austerity. And when we talk about the future of education, we should question if we are serving a world of abundance or if we are serving a world of austerity. I believe that automation and algorithms, these utterly fundamental features of much of ed-tech, do serve austerity. And it isn’t simply that „robot tutors“ (or robot keynote speakers) are coming to take our jobs; it’s that they could limit the possibilities for, the necessities of care and curiosity.

That’s not a future I want for anyone.“
Audrey Watters, Hack Education, 22. Oktober 2015

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