Archive for December, 2018

Robot-Proof: Higher Education In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

December 18, 2018

“An education for the digital age needs to focus not just on technology and understanding what technology can do but also on what it cannot do—at least for now and perhaps never.”

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Robot-Proof book cover: robotic hand holding butterfly
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Robot-Proof: Higher Education In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence explores the impact of artificial intelligence on higher education.

Author Joseph E. Aoun, President of Northeastern University, presents a framework for a new discipline, humanics—encompassing new literacies of human literacy, data literacy, and technological literacy as well as cognitive capacities of systems thinking, entrepreneurship, and cultural agility—“which builds on our innate strengths and prepares students to compete in a labor market in which smart machines work alongside human professionals.” (Aoun p. xviii).

Alongside these literacies and capacities, Aoun discusses how creativity, experiential learning, and a growth mindset are essential in becoming “robot-proof.”  


Holiday Books

December 17, 2018

Now that exams are done, and the marking pile is starting to get smaller, it’s time to think about reading something not at all related to school… Instead of focusing on “Best of This Year” holiday reading suggestions, I thought I’d offer some options for something a little more seasonal:

And, because ’tis the season, I thought I’d close with a look at 14 of the Best Christmas Trees Made of Books.

Have a great break!  See you in 2019.