In the context of discussing alternative narratives for digital educational technology, the paper “Designing Postdigital Futures” raises important points but also leaves some questions unanswered. It criticizes the dominant “engineering logic” in educational technology without clearly defining its targets or proposing how an alternative design approach could solve the problem.
On November 30, 2022, we experienced the “iPhone moment of AI.” Here is my attempt to provide brief answers to the key questions. What do university educators need? What should universities and education policy do? What will happen to higher education? Guidance on what? What about examinations? What about the negative impacts? Where does humanity fit in? Conclusion: We cannot expansively address the challenge of integrating AI into higher education without considering the context (goals, policies, culture of higher education).
The Indian higher education landscape is changing very dynamically. Within the framework of the “National Education Policy 2020” (NEP), reforms are being launched that are reminiscent of the European Bologna reform. The goals are ambitious and it shows again and again how challenging the tasks set are. An example is the system of accreditation.
At its core, the debate about cheating on A-level exams with ChatGPT concerns the ambiguity of authorship of AI texts and control in exams. The problem of proving cheating attempts using constructs such as “individual, independent performance” points to the outdated nature of exam culture in a digital media landscape.
The Stifterverband regularly surveys university administrations in Germany about their assessment of the general climate in their institutions. The publication a few days ago, which refers to the year 2021, shows an overall positive picture but also a clear kink in the assessment of one’s own teaching. The authors of the report suspect that it could be due to the switch to online teaching, but this does not seem very plausible in the overall picture.
Policy packages for complete decarbonization in the global north and the global south (Dr. Germán Bersalli IASS). We are pleased to announce the seventh and the last event in our lecture series “Research meets Practice. Scientific and Civil Society Approaches to the Sustainable Development Goals” on Wednesday, 30. November at 16:00 CET, 10:00 COT.
Universities and colleges are looking to conserve energy to cushion increased costs. Online teaching is once again coming into focus as a crisis management teaching format. In Rhineland-Palatinate, this has already become a problem. The discussion shows how persistent the narrative of “sickening online teaching” is.