Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This document (52 page PDF) is a set of three briefs based on the idea that "school leaders should ensure that any digital technology adopted reflects, rather than undermines or distorts, the school’s stated values and goals." The first focuses on curricular issues, and notes that "digital platforms and learning programs, with their focus on continuous assessment and testing, can undermine teachers’ ability to organize curricula responsive to student needs." It warns about the normalization of surveillance, about depersonalizing 'personalized learning', "hyper-rational, mastery-based approaches", and the potential for "cultural and other biases (that) may be embedded in digital platforms." The second looks at issues related to automated assessment, and the third looks at privacy and data security issues. The briefs are well-written, comprehensive, and a practical tool for use when assessing educational technology (and especially the products that have been rushed out during the pandemic).

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Last Updated: Oct 21, 2020 11:14 p.m.