Laura Gibbs

Teaching in the Era of Bots

Blog Post created by Laura Gibbs on Apr 25, 2018

This past weekend I wrote a quick post about a couple of alarming edu-bot articles I had read during the week... and I am so glad now to share this GREAT ARTICLE from Michelle Pacansky-Brock about bots v. humans in education, and why students need and deserve human education: Teaching in the Era of Bots: Students Need Humans Now More Than Ever.

We must ensure that teaching remains a human endeavor, especially as technology and AI play a more central role in student learning in higher education. Many educators, however, use the importance of personal interactions as an argument to disqualify the role of technology in teaching. This is a major barrier that prevents faculty from accepting the legitimacy and potential benefits of online learning.

And here's a fun detail: as examples of the kinds of human interactions that can be part of online learning, Michelle included one of my courses, and because it's possible to create OPEN Canvas courses, she was able to include a link to the course right there in the article. How cool is that? The ability to create open courses like that, real websites with real URLs that can are linkable and findable by search engines, is one of the best things about Canvas in my opinion. If we want to give people ideas about all the human potential in online teaching, we need to open up our courses and share. That's how we can outrun the bots, no matter how fast they might be. :-)


Teaching in the Era of Bots: Students Need Humans Now More Than Ever

by Michelle Pacansky-Brock

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