Curriculum as algorithm
Way back in Episode 39 of Today In Digital Education, the podcast I record every week with Dai Barnes, we discussed the concept of ‘curriculum as algorithm’. If I remember correctly, it was Dai who introduced the idea.
The first couple of things that pop into my mind when considering curricula through an algorithmic lens are:
- The work of Ira Socol
- Skill trees in video games (example)
But let’s rewind and define our terms, including their etymology. First up, curriculum:
In education, a curriculum… is broadly defined as the totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process. The term often refers specifically to a planned sequence of instruction, or to a view of the student’s experiences in terms of the educator’s or school’s instructional goals.
The word “curriculum” began as a Latin word which means “a race” or “the course of a race” (which in turn
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