How Machine Learning Is Easing OER Pain Points

David Raths, Campus Technology, Oct 04, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the issues I have with so many education technology projects, especially in the area of OER, is the reduction of the education problem to a search or discoverability problem. That's mostly what's happening here, and mostly how the application of machine learning to education is characterized generally. The holy grail of these applications seems to be Netflix. But we don't want to simply watch or consume learning resources, we want to do things and create things. But even thinking is treated as a search problem in this article: "If you are thinking about a topic, the machine can say, 'well based on that, have you thought about x?'" No, no, that's not how we think and learn.

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