Wednesday, 4 March 2020


ESRI Seminar Series 2019/20 - AI and Education: current trajectories and alternative futures

Brooks Building, Lecture Theatre 1

Rebecca Eynon, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, where she holds a joint appointment between the Department of Education and the Oxford Internet Institute (OII).

Education is central to ensuring the overall ‘health’ of a society now and in the future. In an effort to ensure educational systems are up to this task, many education reform efforts have focused on the use of technology to make education more accessible, efficient and effective. The result has been an array of digital technologies that are designed to be suitable for as large a number of students as possible, to be reliable, and aid in measurement in order to ensure everyone can have access to a ‘quality’ education. Despite the best of intentions, there is a risk that instead of using technologies to promote a democratic and socially just education system, new technologies are being designed and promoted in ways that facilitate more restrictive and narrow forms of education. Focusing on the recent resurgence of interest in the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education, this talk will utilise interviews with experts, network and discourse analysis to map the current direction of travel, and will explore how it may be possible to begin to reframe the ways that we are using technology in education to help create alternative futures.

Rebecca’s research examines the relationships between social inequalities, learning and technology. Her publications include: Teenagers and Technology (with Davies, 2013) and Education and Technology: Major Themes in Education (with Davies, 2015). She has been co-editor of Learning, Media and Technology since 2011. Rebecca’s current research (and forthcoming book with Oxford University Press) examines how the use of data and AI in schools is shaping the future of education.

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