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Audrey Watters

Writer

Joshua Kim has reviewed Teaching Machines in his column on Inside Higher Ed: In Teaching Machines, Watters has provided a sturdy historical foundation for her long-running (and highly influential) skepticism of the efficacy of most educational technologies. Teaching Machines is a book, and Watters is a scholar, that both deserve...

Audrey Watters is a prophet. Prophets aren’t fortune tellers, however. The main business of prophets, even in the Bible, isn’t the future. It’s the present. Better to say: it’s the set of possible futures that are liable to follow from crucial choices made in the present. Israel’s prophets brought a...

Yesterday morning, I ran my first 5K race. It was my first race ever. It was, as a matter of fact, the first time in my life I've participated in any sort of athletic competition. I never played competitive sports as a kid — neither on a team nor as...

In April 2017, I was invited to speak on a panel that was part of the inauguration events for University of Mary Washington's new president. It was just a few months after the US inaugurated a new President too, and more folks were beginning to recognize that we were in...

Bonni Stachowiak had me as a guest on her terrific podcast, Teaching in Higher Ed, where we talked about behaviorism, dog training, and of course, Teaching Machines. Have a listen here. If we have a better understanding of the history of educational technology, there is hope.

"I am going to make it through this year, if it kills me" -- The Mountain Goats This was a big year. I turned 50. My book, Teaching Machines, was finally published. I celebrated both events — sort of but not really, and that's fine. Because the pandemic raged on,...