Stephen Downes

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"Academia's response to ChatGPT is more about academic culture than about the tool itself," says Alexandra Mihai. It's exposing the flaws in the current system, ranging from poor working conditions, non-transparent processes, lack of trust in students, lack of a pedagogical plan, stale quality assurance, inertia, and (ironically) an attitude of technological determinism. Quite right. So much of what I'm reading treats students and educators as pawns with no real agency of their own, and nothing more than unwilling subjects being flung about by the winds of technology and change. "If there is one good thing coming from the ChatGPT debate," says Mihai, "(it) is becoming aware of the need to constantly reassess what is uniquely human."

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