Spring, 2022 Book Club
This spring, the EdTech Book Club will be reading Should robots replace teachers? AI and the Future of Education by Neil Selwyn (2019).
The author shares his research on AI and robotics in education. By exploring how AI is being used to develop teacher-bots, ‘intelligent tutors,’ and pedagogical agents, among other EdTech tools, he shines a light on issues around the politics and ethics of automated teaching. He clarifies what AI can do to benefit education and what it cannot do. He also warns instructors about the dangers of AI in education and advocates for critical discussions among teachers, learners, AI developers, and communities.
We invite you to join us in weekly discussions inspired by this book and other topics related to Educational Technology.
Mode: Online through Zoom with the potential for an in-person option pending COVID-19 prevention protocols.
Time / Location: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Dates: February 1st – March 15th (No gathering on Tuesday, Feb 22nd during Spring Break)
The first four (4) registrants will receive a free copy of the book.
For a lighthearted song to get you in the mood for reading this book, we will leave you with a song by the Flight of the Conchords which describes the distant future: Video on YouTube
Fall, 2020 Book Club
Last fall, the EdTech Book Club read The Manifesto for Teaching Online by Bayne, et al. (2020). Participants met weekly, either via Zoom and/or in-person, to discuss the book and create our very own Manifesto. Here are some of the highlights according to a few book clubbers:
“I really enjoyed the mix of people from other educational institutions taking part in the conversation, I enjoyed that different participants had the opportunity to facilitate, bringing in the author to take part in the conversation was a great idea! The book content was interesting, engaging and allowed for a broad conversation on a range of topics.”
“Being able to connect with colleagues, and learn about tools and techniques through them, such as H5P. Also, tea and chocolate.”
“Having Jen [one of the authors of The Manifesto] come in for a meeting was really great […]. It was great to hear how things are done at other institutions. “
“Having it open to colleagues from other institutions was very helpful, so keep advertising it to the public. Being hybrid was also good, because it allows more people to participate and allows for an “after-party” session, for less structured discussion.”
After 9 weeks of rich discussions, we created the following Manifesto: