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Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job

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Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job

Five big mistakes in education technology and how to fix them.

“Cyclic amnesia best characterizes the history of technology in education.” That is part of the following post about the mistakes in educational technology that keep being made decade after decade — and about how to fix them.  This is adapted from the introduction of a new book titled “Never Send a Human to do a Machine’s Job: Correcting the Top 5 Edtech Mistakes,” by Yong Zhao, Gaoming Zhang, Jing Lei and Wei Qiu.

Yong Zhao is presidential chairman and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He is also a professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy and Leadership at the university. Gaoming Zhang is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Indianapolis. Jing Lei is an associate professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University. Wei Qiu is an instructional designer and part of the adjunct faculty at Webster University.

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