, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 33–37 | Cite as

The Riddle of the Smart Machines

  • Dusti D. Howell


Hundreds of graduate students were introduced to the fields of instructional design and educational technology with the riddle of the smart machines, yet over the years no one has answered it correctly. After revealing the surprising answer to this riddle, both the negative and positive impacts of smart machines are analyzed. An example of this is given by developing practical interventions for the shortcomings of the award-winning simulation program The Oregon Trail.

Key Words

“smart machines” riddle educational technology The Oregon Trail Software 


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