Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This article provides some background around the guidelines for editing student work as released by Editors Canada. Historically the service was officially frowned upon, and historically it was contracted by students who could afford it. The guidelines are intended to reflect that reality. You can read the guidelines yourself - but if you're like be they seem arbitrary. They're based on the 2016 Professional Editorial Standards, but disallow specific practices. I have to say the logic eludes me. For example, editors can do B1, and B8-9, but not B2-7, which includes making suggestioins about positioning graphic materials, recommending deletion of repetitive text, or recommending headings and nabvigational aids (among other things). Why is all this important? As AI becomes mainstream, it will offer editing assistance to students. Will it be governed by these constraints? Why would it be?

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