Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Hitting Backspace: Critical Digital Pedagogy and AI

Stephen Downes

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I think this is a good article even if the central metaphor is false. AI does hit backspace - I remember watching a live automated translation on a screen in Spain as it constantly backed up and corrected itself as the speaker continued to speak. The backspace might be hidden (just as it is when the author posts a blog post online) but it's there. Fortunately this does not undermine the main point: "I am not proposing that we adapt our teaching to generative AI, but rather because of generative AI, with the anticipation that it will change students' circumstances." Because "No learning happens online. It all happens in a real place somewhere, where there are hands and fingers, feet and toes, a breathing person with a heartbeat." We need to consider actual students in actual circumstances, as they are, not as we would like them to be.

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