A return to Teacherbot: Rethinking the development of educational technology at the University of Edinburgh

Markus Breines, Michael Gallagher

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Abstract

In the market discourses of technological disruption, higher education institutions have routinely been positioned in deficit models and of anachronistic approaches to teaching at odds with the types of educational futures being presented by commercial organisations. Predominantly, automation technologies in the form of artificial intelligence are being promoted asthe future of teaching. In this paper, on the other hand, we explore the prospects for using non-artificial intelligence automated agents in teaching and its impact on the teacher function at the University of Edinburgh. Through engagement with teachers, staffand students at the university, this research has identified use cases for bots, in what spaces they would be situated, and how theywould supplement the teacher function. This paper argues that a community-driven approach combined with a sociomaterial conceptualisation can generate a shift from market discourses and to collaborative development of educational technologies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTeaching in Higher Education
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • digital education
  • educational technology
  • automation
  • higher education

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