No More Pencils, No More Books

Will Oremus, Oct 28, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Good article with a lot of detail (and more than a little breathless enthusiasm) on adaptive learning software. "While the thinkers are arguing," writes Oremus, "textbook publishers are acting. With their traditional business models under pressure, they’ve begun to reinvent themselves as educational technology companies." Most of the article is focused on ALEKS, adaptive learning software developed in the 90s and acquired by McGraw-Hill. Knewton gets a mention as well. It also, to its credit, raises some of the data-protection issues involved. "That sort of data could be of great interest to admission committees and employers. It could also, in theory, erode the privacy that has traditionally surrounded young people’s schoolwork."

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