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Stephen Downes

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"We have a success problem in EdTech, we really do," writes Glenda Morgan, "And no, I don't mean that there is too much winning" The problem is that while we report on the successes, we're less likely to report on the failures. "Too often in EdTech we seize on the success of some projects, but we ignore or shut out the downsides or the limitations.  The promising small N results are exaggerated to make it look like they were achieved at scale, and the challenges associated with implementing the project are minimized or hidden from view." I think this is true, but there's a caveat: at no point over the last thirty years has there ever been a shortage of critics pointing this out. From the days of Digital Diploma Mills to today's AI scepticism, ed tech has been dogged by its critics.

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