A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

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For this weeks post, I have simply decided to post the articles read this week along with a few quotes from each that piqued my interest, as well as notes and questions I made while reading; and, connected links. Its a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Article #1

Caines, A., & Glass, E. (2019, Fall). Education before Regulation: Empowering Students to Question Their Data Privacy. EDUCAUSE Review, 54(4). Retrieved from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/10/education-before-regulation-empowering-students-to-question-their-data-privacy


“First of all, if students want to participate in standard educational activities, they often have little opportunity for real choice or consent around what data is collected. Additionally, once the data is collected, students have little visibility into how that data will be leveraged, monetized, or exposed later on”

I would agree with this and would add that often students do not think or may not feel comfortable enough to ask questions about the collection of their data, or if they can choose to participate or not.

  1. How much do we know and can tech to students about keeping their information safe?
  2. Is privacy dead in an online world?
  3. Can too much talk about data and privacy lead to further anxiety in students. How do we best each students with creating paranoia?
Questions from the article that would be good to discuss with students

“To better understand how and why your data is collected, the potential risks of this collection, and how to better protect your personal data, consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • What types of personal data do you think are collected through your use of digital tools for educational activities?
  • What value does your personal data have for different contexts and entities? Consider how your data might be valued by your instructor, the institution, yourself, and companies. 
  • Who owns your personal data, who can sell it, and who can use it? 
  • Do you have concerns about how your personal data can be used? If so, what are they? 
  • Are there aspects of your identity or life that you feel would put you in a place of special vulnerability if certain data were known about you or used against you?” 

Link to Canada privacy laws. I would argue that it is important for students to know that they have these rights.

Is this taught in classrooms?

What are the implications for Canadians?

Article #2 

Knox, J. (2019). What Does the ‘Postdigital’ Mean for Education? Three Critical Perspectives on the Digital, with Implications for Educational Research and Practice. Postdigital Science and Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-019-00045-y

Quotes connected to their thoughts on technology and education.

“propelling humanity towards social equality, or as a dehumanising force, set to rob individuals and communities of authentic life experience? “

This is an Interesting statement as both of these concepts have been discussed in papers read last week. As it stands, it appears to be creating further inequalities; it will be interesting to see how or if this changes in the future.

“The project of education is overwhelmingly viewed as a matter of human development, whether in the form of individual behaviours, cognitive processes, or social constructions, in which technology only features in a supporting role, typically as an uncritical ‘enhancement’ for learning”

Absolutely! However, technology may feature more of a role than stated here; this would depend on the specific teacher/institution. This final statement is debatable. It would depend on if you fall into the Clark or Kozma camp.

Connected web results.

Platform Capitalism

This looks to be an interesting book about platform capitalism and its impacts.

Another interesting read connected to this concept is an article that talks about the social cost of technology.


Thinking about the social cost of technology

Article #3

Funes, M., & Mackness, J. (2018). When inclusion excludes: A counter narrative of open online education. Learning, Media and Technology, 43(2), 119–138. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2018.1444638


“We share our concern that this aspirational, utopian narrative implicit in Schalgwein et al.’s definition, whilst intending to include and encourage diversity, can lead to exclusion and homogeneity. “

“For example, Rolfe (2015) argues that open education researchers select evidence confirming their own theories while disregarding relevant disconfirming literature.”

This article talks about the importance of having diversity and encouraging different viewpoints both online and in the classroom. We do not want to be a homogeneous society.


And that is my little bit of this and  little bit of that for the week 🙂

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