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Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education

Date: 16 Sep 2022, Friday | Time: 1350 - 1435 | Track Type: Plenary Lecture | Format: Face-to-face & Virtual Livestream | Venue: The NAK Auditorium, Academia

Speaker: Assoc Prof Justin Reich


Widespread school closures are unprecedented, but the use of education technology and online learning to reach across distances, teach refugee and disaster-impacted communities, and expand the possibilities of schooling is quite common. In this plenary lecture based on  Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education, MIT professor Justin Reich looks through the history of instructor-guided courses like MOOCs, algorithm-guided tools like adaptive tutors, and peer-guided spaces like networked learning communities.

He argues that education technology has never sweepingly transformed schools, but there are specific tools and approaches that work well in certain subjects with certain students. Looking back, at where technology has made the most positive difference and understanding the barriers to adoption and effective implementation can give us clues to understand the past year of remote learning and the future of schooling during the climate emergency ahead.


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