Before the Fact

Carl Straumsheim, Ignatia Webs, Oct 18, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

At a certain point we will need to ask how much we want to tell our institutions about our lives. Take this University of Kentucky app, for example: "Every time students open the app to check their course schedule or the date for the next Wildcats game, they may be faced with a quick question: Have you bought all your textbooks already? Do you own a tablet? On a scale from one to five, how stressed are you?" You don't have to enter the data, but there may be a price to pay for that: "Analytics could identify high-performing students who could get paid to serve as on-demand tutors." So, one wonders, if you don't tell your institution your sleeping patterns, does this mean you are unqualified for employment?

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