Topic: Analytic Autonomy and the Role of Educators in the Age of Big Data
Leader: Charles Lang, Visiting Assistant Professor, Learning Analytics Program
Description: The growing use of online technology in education has raised the possibility of greater amounts of educational data. New apps and sensors, connected via the internet to faster computers means a greater variety of data formats, representing a larger number of conditions, on a finer timescale, with larger samples of students. This abundance of data has raised promises of both positive and negative change within educational systems, from highly personalized engaging learning experiences to corporate surveillance policing students' minds. Although discussions about data access and uses is important, a third consideration is equally as complex and worthy of debate: who gets to understand how the data are processed? Is it a small number of highly skilled technologists as is the case now, or should we be ensuring that a broader section of the community understands how data is processed from input to output? In this talk, Charles considers the role of teachers as data processors and advocates for the necessity of investing both time and money in developing teachers who are data literate enough to exercise analytic autonomy.
Location: EdLab - 5th Floor
RSVP by Monday, March 20th
Light Lunch: Subsconscious Sandwiches
Tech: No laptops please.
This seminar will be recorded and placed on Vialogues.
Vialogues Commentors: Members of the Research Team
Producers: George Nantwi, Gary Natriello