NJBC Review – Session 1
Synthetic Governance: How Datafication and Artificial Intelligence are Shaping Education
Link to Video
Kalervo N. Gulson (University of Sydney, Australia), Sam Sellar (University of South Australia, Australia)
Science fiction tales about Artificial General Intelligence eclipsing humanity are still, for now, fantasies. However, many AI experts are “spooked” by the prospect of AI outpacing human cognition this century. Amidst this condition of uncertainty regarding the futures of AI, we argue it is now necessary to undertake speculative inquiry into its possible impact on education, and specifically education policy. Focusing on how datafication and artificial intelligence are changing the conditions for education policy and governance, we argue that that governments are increasingly turning to synthetic governance as a strategy for optimizing education. This mode of governance arises from the synthesis of (1) human rationalities, values and practices; (2) new data analytics approaches; and (3) the spread of algorithmic decision-making, including artificial intelligence. This synthesis of human and machine cognition may dramatically alter the way we think about educational problems and their solutions. We will also map some political strategies for responding to changes wrought by algorithms, automation, and data science in education. New strategies and new politics are required to move us beyond debates about datafication and digitalization that sustain distinctions between humans and machines, or education and data-driven rationalities.
Monday 17th October from 6.00 pm BST via @A_L_T_NI, hashtag: #ALTNI_NJBC
Guidelines – Not Just Book Club (ALTNI NJBC)
- Not Just Book Club (NJBC) initiative will launch from Monday 5th September 2022.
- Participants have typically 8 weeks to engage with and comment on the selected material, with new material reviews taking place in recursive 8-week sessions.
- A Twitter Chat and an associated video or audio recording will take place at the end of Week 8 of each review sessions.
- Authors/Creators will be invited to participate.
- Recordings will be posted to the ALTNI site, along with an abstract and direct link associated with the chosen material.
Rules Of Play For NJBC Participants (This will be on the ALTNI Website)
- We invite and encourage all to participate in the ALTNI “Not Just Book Club” activity via our Twitter Chat and ALTNI NJBC Page, however, we do ask that you do this in the spirit of politeness and respect to other contributors.
- Participants have typically 8 weeks to review and comment on the selected material either via Twitter or on the chat section with the ALTNI website.
- New materials for review will be announced and promoted via Twitter and the ALTNI NJBC page once a review cycle has concluded.
- Suggestions for material to review can be submitted by anyone via the following link https://altni.com/contact/
- You can volunteer to be an active member of the NJBC Group by completing the following form https://altni.com/contact/
Final Week Activities (For Volunteers)
- All are invited to participate in a Twitter chat on the Monday of the 8th week, which will be facilitated by the NJBC Group via the ALTNI Twitter account.
- Authors will be invited to participate in the Monday based Twitter chat, as well as a “private” recorded chat the following day (Tuesday). If a recording is permitted, then this will be made available on the Friday of the final week via Twitter and the ALTNI NJBC webpage.
- NJBC members meet in the 8th week (after recording if there is one) to discuss the next scheduled review and to organise promotional Tweets and materials.
- NJBC Group members take rotational turns for publishing out recordings, embedding to ALTNI NJBC page, advertising for NJBC volunteers, and promoting the next review.