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Season 2, Episode 11 - Teach & Learn

How AI Changes the Expert-Beginner Relationship and Stunts Skill Development With Dr. Matt Beane

Join robotic surgery researcher, assistant professor, speaker and author Dr. Matt Beane as he shares his insights about how AI is drastically changing the way we learn.

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Introduction to podcast theme and guest


How AI is causing a deskilling epidemic


The loss of the expert-novice bond and shadow learning


How dwell time and learning outcomes are changing


Matt's three Cs of skill development: challenge, complexity, connection


The story behind Matt's upcoming book The Skill Code


The need to rethink how we gain skill


How AI can be used to support learning


Matt’s socials and substack information

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11 of Teach & Learn: A podcast for curious educators, brought to you by D2L. This episode is hosted by Dr. Cristi Ford, VP of Academic Affairs at D2L. Every two weeks we feature candid conversations with some of the sharpest minds in the K-20 education space. We explore trending educational topics, teaching strategies and delve into the issues plaguing our schools and higher education institutions today.

Wax on, wax off.

How did Daniel-san become the Karate Kid so quickly? Well, he worked hard and waxed a lot of cars, but he developed his martial arts prowess thanks in large part to a close grasshopper-master relationship with Mr. Miyagi. Daniel had access to a mentor who showed him the ropes. While the original Karate Kid movie was released in 1984 it’s a story as old as time.

People have been acquiring skills and learning in this way for eons, but now AI, robotics and intelligent machines are changing that.

Dr. Matt Beane is an award-winning robotic surgery researcher, an assistant professor in the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a prominent thought leader in the realm of machine intelligence. He joins Dr. Cristi Ford to talk about how AI is disrupting skill acquisition by weakening the bond between expert and novice.

In this episode, they cover:


Dr. Cristi Ford

Dr. Cristi Ford

Vice President of Academic Affairs Read Dr. Cristi Ford's bio

Dr. Matt Beane

Robotics Researcher, Assistant Professor, Author Read Dr. Matt Beane's bio
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