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Expanding the Teacher Function

This workshop is designed to be an opportunity to think feedback channels through creatively and critically, to map out what they might do and how that impacts what we currently do now in our study and teaching practices.

As more and more of our social existence is structured through exchanges with automated agents or bots, we are looking to explore what role these might have in education, how they might augment or redefine the ‘teacher function’ and what that all means for the student and teaching experience here at the University of Edinburgh. We are looking to see if automation in this context can be “pedagogically generative” (Bayne 2015). To do this, we need your help to make sure that whatever we create is from and for the University of Edinburgh, and not from some commercial edtech imaginary of robots replacing teachers. We can do better than that.

Building on methods from the Near Future Teaching project, this workshop is designed to be an opportunity to think these automated agents creatively and critically, to map out what they might do and how that impacts what we currently do now in our study and teaching practices. There will be an opportunity for some of these ideas to be mocked up for further experimentation. There are no technical skills necessary to participate; just your imagination. You can have a direct hand in shaping what we do here at the University of Edinburgh, to ensure that these agents carry with them our values and our ideas of teaching and learning. Our community of students and staff will shape whatever we do here so please join us.  

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