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Technology does not automatically support interesting pedagogy

by Critical Commons Manager

In spite of a fancy array of transparent monitors and combined touchscreen and voice interfaces, the technological apparatus used for Spock's reeducation in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home amounts to little more than an online quiz testing his ability to acquire and regurgitate empirical facts. This "Vulcan-style" technology-enhanced learning is unfortunately all too common even in 21st century digital media and learning, when technology is used to simply remediate uninteresting strategies from the past. The fact that Spock is unable to answer the question "How are you feeling?" at the end of the quiz is additionally illuminating of learning models that privilege mind over body.

A future anterior vision of computer learning in the 23rd century

The multi-screen array used by Spock for his reeducation in Star Trek IV presents a retrograde vision of how computers can help learning

from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Creator: Leonard Nimoy
Posted by Critical Commons Manager