The Human-Technology Intersection: A Framework

by Paul J. LeBlanc, EDUCAUSE Review

The enthusiasm of the ed-tech and DIY sectors sometimes lapses into a kind of insurgent rhetoric. In this narrative, all traditional colleges and universities are dinosaurs, and the meteor that will spell their doom is about to hit. A key part of this “disruptive innovation” argument is the broad displacement of faculty and staff by technology. In truth, higher education, like health care, is a highly regulated industry that remains slow to change. There is no precipice. But there are certainly tough times ahead. Even if technology will not soon replace people, it seems poised to dramatically redefine roles and to change the nature of faculty/staff work.

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