What is the root cause of persistent underemployment in the United States today? The short answer is technology.
By 12/12/15 at 3:59 PM
Although the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Personalized Learning Platform is not part of Facebook, the underlying principles are the same: human work is replaced by technology, as algorithms provide users with content based on an analysis of their past behavior and demonstrated interests. . . . Zuckerberg’s idea of personalized learning has three major flaws.
And perhaps this lack of educational benchmarks explains why, overwhelmingly, most of the apps are basically just animated interactive quizzes. The study found that 71% “contained at least one activity that we classified as a puzzle, game, or quiz. These were activities which had right and wrong answers, rather than open-ended designs.” 92% “contained some form of animation.” 45% included “interactive ‘hotspots,’ or sections of the screen that more and/or make noise when touched in ways that are not central to the game or story.”
On Tuesday, we announced a major new initiative to bring this vision to reality, supported by a coalition of over 40 of the world’s essential scholarly organizations, such as JSTOR, PLOS, arXiv, HathiTrust, Wiley and HighWire Press, who are linking arms to establish a new paradigm of open collaborative annotation across the world’s knowledge.
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