Education, Automation and Algorithms: Introducing the manifesto for teaching online - School of Computing Seminar Series

In this talk, Jen Ross will share the thinking behind the Centre for Research in Digital Education’s “Manifesto for Teaching Online”. The manifesto is a series of statements about topics ranging from automation to assessment to openness to aesthetics, and it is designed to provoke discussion and debate about the current situation and future possibilities for teaching in online environments. Jen will discuss changes in the manifesto between its first version in 2011 and its current (2016) version, and how these reflect shifts in the field that matter for teachers, students and researchers, particularly in relation to automation and algorithms. She will draw on emerging discussions about the ‘intelligent campus’ to help illustrate key manifesto points.


Dr Jen Ross is co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education, part of the MSc in Digital Education and E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC teaching teams, and co-author of the manifesto for teaching online. Her research interests include online distance education, digital cultural heritage learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), digital cultures and futures, and online reflective practices.