Digital technology and COVID-19 have transformed the ways universities are delivering courses. But some are taking a minimalist low-cost approach, while others are aiming higher.
What’s taught in South African schools is at odds with the skills pupils need for the post-school world.
A learner’s digital education experience can be very different from the seamless user-friendly world of the social internet. Replicating the old classes online isn’t good enough. A rethink is needed.
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While providing access to digital technology is important, it won’t even the digital playing field. If teachers can embrace all students’ digital interests as opportunities for learning, it would help.
Many South African schools don’t have computer labs or other digital technology.
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COVID-19 has shown that technology is no longer a luxury but an important component of the education process. In presenting solutions, a wide range of factors must be considered.
AI systems may soon be able to generate texts that can pass for human work. Such technology has many positives, but could also result in widespread generation of false texts (including fake news).
AI-powered text generators are becoming increasingly easy to access. Rather than banning their use by students, educators should think about incorporating such tools into their curriculums.