- Mar 2020
Malcolm Brown, Mark McCormack, Jamie Reeves, D. Christopher Brooks, and Susan Grajek, with Bryan Alexander, Maha Bali, Stephanie Bulger, Shawna Dark, Nicole Engelbert, Kevin Gannon, Adrienne Gauthier, David Gibson, Rob Gibson, Brigitte Lundin, George Veletsianos, and Nicole Weber
Visit the primary 2020 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report authors on Twitter. You can also browse and subscribe to a Twitter list that collects all the Horizon Report contributors that I could find from the 2020 and 2019 reports.
- Malcolm Brown: @mbbrown
- Mark McCormack: @MarkMcCNash1
- Jamie Reeves: @Jamie_l0u
- D. Christopher Brooks: @DCBPhDV2
- Susan Grajek: @sgrajek
- Bryan Alexander: @BryanAlexander
- Maha Bali: @Bali_Maha
- Stephanie Bulger: @sdccdBulger
- Shawna Dark: @ShawnaDark
- Nicole Engelbert: @nengelbert
- Kevin Gannon: @TheTattooedProf
- Adrienne Gauthier: @ajgauthier
- David Gibson: @davidgibson
- Rob Gibson: @rgibson1
- Brigitte Lundin: @brigittelundin
- George Veletsianos: @veletsianos
- Nicole Weber: @nwebs
However, there is skepticism about AI’s ability to replace human teaching in activities such as judging writing style, and some have expressed concern that policy makers could use AI to justify replacing (young) human labor.
Maha describes here the primary concern I have with the pursuit of both AI and adaptive technologies in education. Not that the designers of such tools are attempting to replace human interaction, but that the spread of "robotic" educational tools will accelerate the drive to further reduce human-powered teaching and learning, leading perhaps to class-based divisions in educational experiences like Maha imagines here.
AI and adaptive tool designers often say that they are hoping their technologies will free up time for human teachers to focus on more impactful educational practices. However, we already see how technologies that reduce human labor often lead to further reductions the use of human teachers — not their increase. As Maha points out, that's a social and economic issue, not a technology issue. If we focus on building tools rather than revalorizing human-powered education, I fear we are accelerating the devaluation of education already taking place.
You can learn more about Maha Bali from her faculty page at the American University in Cairo, on her blog "Reflecting Allowed, and from her Twitter stream at @Bali_Maha.
And important: the role media plays in political polarization. On this topic, I've found works from the Pew useful, like "U.S. Media Polarization and the 2020 Election: A Nation Divided":
"As the U.S. enters a heated 2020 presidential election year, a new Pew Research Center report finds that Republicans and Democrats place their trust in two nearly inverse news media environments."
Also useful are works from Data & Society like "Media, Technology, Politics: six new pieces on the networked public sphere"
"Although many people are anxious to understand how much influence old and new media had over the US presidential election, the reality is that we will never know comprehensively. We can, though, seek to understand how different cultural and technical factors are shaping the contemporary information landscape."
I wonder if we should promote climate change to be an over-arching meta-trend given how its effects will touch on all the other trends listed?
ifteen social, technological, economic, higher education, and political trends that signal departures from the past
- Well-Being and Mental Health
- Demographic Changes
- Equity and Fair Practices
- Artificial Intelligence: Technology Implications
- Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE)
- Analytics and Privacy Questions
- Cost of Higher Education
- Future of Work and Skills
- Climate Change
- Changes in Student Population
- Alternative Pathways to Education
- Online Education
- Decrease in Higher Education Funding
- Value of Higher Education
- Political Polarization
For sixteen years, the Horizon Report
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