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‘Ako: A Tale of Loyalty’ takes players inside a young samurai’s world in 18th-century Japan. Epoch: History Games Initiative/University of Texas at Austin

How student-designed video games made me rethink how I teach history

A history professor describes how student-designed video games have transformed his classroom and provided a substitute for academic essays.
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). SHUTTERSTOCK

OK computer: to prevent students cheating with AI text-generators, we should bring them into the classroom

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.
Montaigne: his free-ranging essays were almost scandalous in their day. Étienne Dumonstier/Wikimedia Commons

Guide to the classics: Michel de Montaigne’s Essays

Montaigne anticipated much of modern thought, and was profoundly shaped by the classics. His Essays, so personal yet so urbane, continue to challenge and charm readers.
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The science of anatomy is undergoing a revival

Only two decades ago, when I was starting my PhD studies at the University of California in Berkeley, there was talk about the death of anatomy as a research subject. That hasn’t happened. Instead the…

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