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Failure to Disrupt

Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education

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$27.95 • £22.95 • €25.00

ISBN 9780674089044

Publication Date: 09/15/2020


336 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


  • Prologue
  • Introduction: Education Technology’s Unrequited Disruption
  • I. Three Genres of Learning at Scale
    • 1. Instructor-Guided Learning at Scale: Massive Open Online Courses
    • 2. Algorithm-Guided Learning at Scale: Adaptive Tutors and Computer-Assisted Instruction
    • 3. Peer-Guided Learning at Scale: Networked Learning Communities
    • 4. Testing the Genres of Learning at Scale: Learning Games
  • II. Dilemmas in Learning at Scale
    • 5. The Curse of the Familiar
    • 6. The Edtech Matthew Effect
    • 7. The Trap of Routine Assessment
    • 8. The Toxic Power of Data and Experiments
  • Conclusion: Preparing for the Next Learning-at-Scale Hype Cycle
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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