In recent years, technology has played a significant role in reshaping the landscape of college teaching, and it will surely continue to do so. But the groundswell of artificial intelligence (AI) that surrounds us marks a particularly fragile moment for teaching. In this context, educators must be especially mindful that our uses of technology do not undermine meaningful learning. And doing this requires knowledge about technology and teaching.
That’s because for many students, college is a pathway to prepare for the workforce or improve one’s existing skills to advance a career. But regardless of the reason for attending college, relationships are what make college meaningful to a student, not chatbots.