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Stephen Downes

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So I would definitely have approached the subject matter differently, but the core thrust of the paper is sound, in my view. The main argument is found at the mid point of the paper in the section on reclaiming, recentring, and rehabilitating voices attributed to Felicitas Macgilchrist, who cites the "the 'shambles' of learning theory". She writes, "the EdTech industry makes all-encompassing promises, yet imagines students as versions of Pavlov's dogs... The equivalent would be something like '[App Name]: Behaviourist drills, but kind of fun for a few minutes'."  Reviewer number two (the reviews are helpfully appended to the paper) sums it best: " By embracing emotions, personal narratives, and the concept of practicescapes, the article advocates for a more holistic, heart-centre approach to learning design."

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