Stuart and I carried out an experiment of algorithmic proportions!
from Diigo http://ift.tt/1jX3BNt
This article highlights the problems encountered with teaching methodology based on technological instrumentalism.
It also draws attention to the marketisation of education and how much money is now being spent in venture capital investment in education.
Another aspect it looks at is how a utopian view of technology, like students being able to have their own private tutor in a machine, overlooks the human/emotional side that is so strongly accompanies real student-teacher interaction.
We live in a world run by algorithms, computer programs that make decisions or solve problems for us. In this riveting, funny talk, Kevin Slavin shows how modern algorithms determine stock prices, espionage tactics, even the movies you watch. But, he asks: If we depend on complex algorithms to manage our daily decisions — when do we start to lose control?
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I thought this TED talk was interesting as Slavin indicates that the way humans and algorithms interact is an ‘ecosystem’, a complex interconnected system when one facet cannot survive in the same way without the others. This supports the idea that ‘spaces…cannot be entirely controlled by teachers, students, or the authors of the software’ Knox (2014).
Knox, J. K. (2014). Active algorithms: sociomaterial spaces in the E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC. Campus Virtuales, 3(1): 42-55.
I thought I would pin an item from Pinterest into my feed because while browsing for my content there were quite a few articles from users who were very unhappy about the algorithmic changes Pinterest made to the way pinners interact with their audience and other pinners.
Below is an article that talks about how you can outsmart the Pinterest algorithm.
Another blog on how Pinterest algorithm changes and how they affect users.
Just when I was looking to change, someone kindly followed and offered to help me. Could there be something greater at play here than just a kind offer? 🤔 #mscedc #algorithm March 07, 2017 at 09:23AM
ABSTRACT The objective of this paper is to define the relationship between community participation and community development. The paper illustrates the weakness of existing interpretations, arguing that they are flawed because they concentrate on the failings of community development without analysing why successful community development succeeds. The paper concludes that community development is actually a specific form of community participation, the success of which is determined by two key factors: firstly, the role of the state; and secondly, the complexity of the decision-making taking place at the core of the community participation process.
As I reflected this week, I wanted to find out more about what we mean by ‘community’. Is community a group of people grouped together by a commonality, like race, religion or ethnicity? Or ido individuals involved have to have some kind of shared value system or interest? What makes a community? Are those engaged within it responsible for community development or should it grow organically? This paper did quite answer all those questions but it added to my thinking on the subject.