barbarafister + edtech   21

As schooling rapidly moves online across the country, concerns rise about student data privacy - The Washington Post
This post looks at some of the current issues around student data privacy as millions of students are now trying to learn online at home.
security  edtech  privacy  AlgoReport  students 
6 days ago by barbarafister
Schools Are Pushing the Boundaries of Surveillance Technologies | Electronic Frontier Foundation
A school district in New York recently adopted facial recognition technology to monitor students, and it is now one of a growing number of schools across the country conducting mass privacy violations of kids in the name of “safety.” The invasive use of surveillance technologies in schools has grown exponentially, often without oversight or recourse for concerned students or their parents
AlgoReport  schools  privacy  edtech  students  surveillance 
29 days ago by barbarafister
Project – The Datafied Classroom
We are conducting a three-year research project investigating faculty perspectives of student privacy and their practices in relation to emerging learning analytics tools and initiatives. [website for an ongoing research program]
edtech  privacy  students  learninganalytics  surveillance  classrooms 
4 weeks ago by barbarafister
Google’s G Suite tools for education have a privacy problem — and New Mexico is suing over it - Vox
New Mexico is suing Google for allegedly invading children’s privacy through educational products it provides to the state’s schools, claiming it tracks students’ activities on their personal devices outside the classroom. The suit calls into question what a major for-profit player in the nonprofit educational space — which counts millions of children among its users — is doing with whatever data it collects from them.
Google  education  edtech  K12  privacy  surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport 
5 weeks ago by barbarafister
Google sued by New Mexico attorney general for collecting student data through Chromebooks - The Verge
‘Tracking student data without parental consent is not only illegal, it is dangerous’
AlgoReport  privacy  edtech 
5 weeks ago by barbarafister
A Matter of Trust: Higher Education Institutions as Information Fiduciaries in an Age of Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics by Kyle M. L. Jones, Alan Rubel, Ellen LeClere :: SSRN
We argue that issues around privacy lead to valid questions about the degree to which students should trust their institution to use learning analytics data and other artifacts (algorithms, predictive scores) with their interests in mind. We argue that higher education institutions are paradigms of information fiduciaries. As such, colleges and universities have a special responsibility to their students. In this article, we use the information fiduciary concept to analyze cases when learning analytics violate an institution’s responsibility to its students.
learninganalytics  students  surveillance  informationfiduciaries  privacy  AlgoReport  edtech 
5 weeks ago by barbarafister
Learning analytics and higher education: a proposed model for establishing informed consent mechanisms to promote student privacy and autonomy | SpringerLink
By tracking, aggregating, and analyzing student profiles along with students’ digital and analog behaviors captured in information systems, universities are beginning to open the black box of education using learning analytics technologies. However, the increase in and usage of sensitive and personal student data present unique privacy concerns. I argue that privacy-as-control of personal information is autonomy promoting, and that students should be informed about these information flows and to what ends their institution is using them.
AlgoReport  ethics  surveillance  privacy  students  edtech  learninganalytics 
5 weeks ago by barbarafister
The Platformization of the Classroom: Teachers as Surveillant Consumers | Surveillance & Society
Technology platforms, including learning management systems and monitoring tools, have taken root in schools. While seen as bringing efficiency or innovation into classrooms, they also offer greater capacities for surveillance. Drawing on findings from focus groups with teachers in the US, we explore how teachers’ use of technology platforms produces surveillance. We argue that this positions teachers as surveillant consumers who use monitoring as a way to fulfill their responsibilities to students.
teaching  AlgoReport  students  edtech  surveillance  radlib 
5 weeks ago by barbarafister
OU Digital Teaching: LMS, Privacy, and Purpose Limitation: A response to Melissa Loble
Canvas has always been cloud-based, it has accumulated data in a way that the other major LMS companies have not.
bigdata  AlgoReport  LMS  students  Canvas  privacy  edtech 
7 weeks ago by barbarafister
Guidelines on the Ethical Use of Student Data: A Draft Narrative Framework
This draft narrative framework and guidelines attempt to provide a broad basis for consideration in the ethical collection, analysis and use of student data, specifically in a South African higher education context. The ethical collection, analysis and use of data goes beyond privacy issues, and involve a balancing act between institutional risks (funding constraints, operational inefficiencies, socioeconomic downturn, etc.),  personal risks (bias, stereotyping, disclosure, unintended harm, etc.), care and context.
AlgoReport  learninganalytics  studentdata  privacy  edtech 
7 weeks ago by barbarafister
US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones - The Verge
Barely over a year ago, we pointed out how dystopian it seemed when Chinese schools added “smart uniforms” to track their students’ attendance. But US colleges are already testing out a similar tactic with a location tracking app, which students are now apparently expected to install on their phones.
privacy  students  radlib  AlgoReport  edtech  highered 
8 weeks ago by barbarafister
Do edtech apps keep student data safe? | Times Higher Education (THE)
Information collected from educational tools can be highly sensitive, and very valuable – triggering calls for learners to have more say in what happens to it
edtech  privacy  AlgoReport 
10 weeks ago by barbarafister
Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?
Administrators say installing listening devices like Alexa in student bedrooms and hallways could help lower dropout rates. Not everyone agrees.
education  edtech  tech&society  surveillance  privacy  radlib  AlgoReport  AI 
10 weeks ago by barbarafister
Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines - The Washington Post
Short-range phone sensors and campuswide WiFi networks are empowering colleges across the United States to track hundreds of thousands of students more precisely than ever before. Dozens of schools now use such technology to monitor students’ academic performance, analyze their conduct or assess their mental health.

But some professors and education advocates argue that the systems represent a new low in intrusive technology, breaching students’ privacy on a massive scale. The tracking systems, they worry, will infantilize students in the very place where they’re expected to grow into adults, further training them to see surveillance as a normal part of living, whether they like it or not.
college  education  privacy  surveillance  edtech  PILprimer  AlgoReport 
12 weeks ago by barbarafister
Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids | World news | The Guardian
Fueled by fears of school shootings, the market has grown rapidly for technologies that monitor students through official school emails and chats
privacy  surveillance  education  PILprimer  edtech  AlgoReport 
october 2019 by barbarafister
College admissions officers rank prospective students based on web browsing, family finances and other data - The Washington Post
Before many schools even look at an application, they comb through prospective students’ personal data, such as web-browsing habits and financial history.
edtech  privacy  PILprimer  algorithms  AlgoReport 
october 2019 by barbarafister

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