Jeremy Knox, Ben Williamson and I have just published a new paper in Learning, Media and Technology as part of a Special Issue on Education and technology into the 2020s: speculative futures.
It argues that current trajectories for the future of education may be leading us toward a ‘machine behaviourism’ which combines radical behaviourist theories and machine learning systems in new ways that work against notions of student autonomy and participation as they shape learner behaviour towards predefined aims.
The paper is behind a paywall but please get in touch if you would like a pre-print.
Knox, J., Williamson, B. & Bayne, S. (2020) Machine behaviourism: future visions of ‘learnification’ and ‘datafication’ across humans and digital technologies, Learning, Media and Technology, 45:1, 31-45, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2019.1623251