"This is a landmark book."

I am, of course, thrilled with the book review published in John Warner's "Just Visiting" column on Inside Higher Ed. I won't lie: he's one of the people who had an advance copy of the book that I was most eager to hear from. What he's written has really exceeded what I could have ever hoped for. "A landmark book." Phew.

At least I hope that's going to be the case, because Watters's history of personalized learning reflects Faulkner's aphorism from "Requiem for a Nun" -- "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past." Better understanding this presence may make for clearer decision making for how we integrate technology into teaching and learning.

Reading Teaching Machines is like donning a pair of glasses that suddenly makes much of the present more explicable. This is why I want to urge people to read this book with all possible haste."

Read his review.

Audrey Watters


Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning

Audrey Watters, (MIT Press 2021)

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