Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ender's Test: Is Your Course a Pizza? Who needs teachers? Invitations Jan27 & Feb10 TLTGroup

Ender's Test of Artificial Instruction  
Which is real? artificial?  See Magritte!
[with a respectful good-humored apology to admirers of Alan Turing who developed the Turing test of artificial intelligence as "... a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour" in 1950 - from Wikipedia 20120124]
Even if you haven’t read “Ender’s Game” the short story or novel, and you would like to be prepared for the Feb 10 session about Ender's Test, please join us for a discussion Ender's Game:  January 27, 2012 2PM ET Free Online Fridaylive! 

You are invited to a presentation/discussion simultaneously onsite and online Friday, Feb 10, 3:15PM ET  


Keep checking as we continue to prepare this webpage for these 2 online events.  You can also get more info and register for the online sessions at

QUESTIONS about "Artificial Instruction" that we will discuss Feb 10:
  • What is a course?  What are course materials, course resources, course plans, course designs, course activities, course assignments?  Who owns what?
  • What is independent learning?
  • What kinds of learners do not need a teacher for what kinds of learning?
  • What are the characteristics of a “teacherless” course essential to convince the students who take it that they have a teacher? Why do/don't you care?
  • When young people are trained to make video-game-like decisions that result in real explosions, what are the educational implications? Why do/don't you care?

IMAGE selected by Steve Gilbert 20120125
Photo of organ grinder and monkey - but both appear to be mannikins "old automata almost passed the turing test" photo taken by "andresmh" Andrés Monroy-Hernández on  December 28, 2008
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