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Ethical EdTech is a collaborative wiki of technology for ethical pedagogy. Much of what passes for educational technology is designed for purposes of profit-seeking, surveillance of students, and user lock-in. Other kinds of technology exist, but they typically lack the marketing and sales budgets of competing vendors. This is a directory, created by and for higher-ed educators, for sharing tools and use-cases. We believe that education can be a critical site through which to transform the broader tech industry and the cultures surrounding it.
 
Ethical EdTech is a collaborative wiki of technology for ethical pedagogy. Much of what passes for educational technology is designed for purposes of profit-seeking, surveillance of students, and user lock-in. Other kinds of technology exist, but they typically lack the marketing and sales budgets of competing vendors. This is a directory, created by and for higher-ed educators, for sharing tools and use-cases. We believe that education can be a critical site through which to transform the broader tech industry and the cultures surrounding it.
  
==Who is ''we''?==
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==Guiding questions==
  
Ethical EdTech emerged out of a collaboration between [https://library.ucsd.edu/about/contact-us/librarians-and-subject-specialists/erin-glass.html Erin Glass] (UCSD) and [https://www.colorado.edu/cmci/people/media-studies/nathan-schneider Nathan Schneider] (CU Boulder). It is a project of CU Boulder's [http://cmci.colorado.edu/medlab/ Media Enterprise Design Lab].
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We don't have hard-and-fast criteria for inclusion. Rather, we look for technologies that offer satisfying answers to ethical questions like these:
  
To see who else is taking part, browse the [[:Special:ActiveUsers|active user list here]].
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* Where does power lie, and where are we expected to place our trust?
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* To whom is it accessible—for instance, in terms of usability and cost?
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* Does it lock us into closed, commercial systems or invite us into open communities?
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* Does it give us more control over the learning process, or does it cede that control?
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* Does it respect and protect our privacy appropriately?
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* Can we access, study, and modify the underlying code or design?
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* Who owns the infrastructure and our usage data? Does it produce private profit or public commons?
  
==Criteria for inclusion ==
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We do not ask these questions with the expectation of reaching a perfect or universally agreed-upon set of digital tools or rules. Tools by themselves do not guarantee ethical pedagogy, and we do not deny that tools not included here can be used in ethical ways. Rather, we seek to point out tools that can norms might become more easily within reach.
  
At this stage of the process, we have yet to define explicit criteria for inclusion or exclusion in this directory. We know it when we see it. Currently, we are looking out for tools that:
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==Who is ''we''?==
  
* provide students and educators with greater control over their data and greater understanding of data collection practices
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Ethical EdTech emerged out of a collaboration between [https://library.ucsd.edu/about/contact-us/librarians-and-subject-specialists/erin-glass.html Erin Glass] (UCSD) and [https://www.colorado.edu/cmci/people/media-studies/nathan-schneider Nathan Schneider] (CU Boulder). It is a project of CU Boulder's [http://cmci.colorado.edu/medlab/ Media Enterprise Design Lab].
* avoid commercialization of the educational experience and the power relations involved in it
 
* expose students to the principles and practices of [[:Category:Free/libre/open|free/libre/open]] software
 
* foster more participatory, critical modes of relating to software
 
* teach students how to recreate ethical tech practices outside of the classroom
 
  
Ethical EdTech does not assume a perfect or universally agreed-upon set of digital tools or rules. Tools by themselves do not guarantee ethical pedagogy, and we do not deny that tools not included here can be used in ethical ways. Rather, we seek to point out tools that value user freedom, privacy, and control, so that these norms might become more easily within reach.
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To see who else is taking part, browse the [[:Special:ActiveUsers|active user list here]].
  
 
==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==

Revision as of 03:20, 9 May 2019

Ethical EdTech is a collaborative wiki of technology for ethical pedagogy. Much of what passes for educational technology is designed for purposes of profit-seeking, surveillance of students, and user lock-in. Other kinds of technology exist, but they typically lack the marketing and sales budgets of competing vendors. This is a directory, created by and for higher-ed educators, for sharing tools and use-cases. We believe that education can be a critical site through which to transform the broader tech industry and the cultures surrounding it.

Guiding questions

We don't have hard-and-fast criteria for inclusion. Rather, we look for technologies that offer satisfying answers to ethical questions like these:

  • Where does power lie, and where are we expected to place our trust?
  • To whom is it accessible—for instance, in terms of usability and cost?
  • Does it lock us into closed, commercial systems or invite us into open communities?
  • Does it give us more control over the learning process, or does it cede that control?
  • Does it respect and protect our privacy appropriately?
  • Can we access, study, and modify the underlying code or design?
  • Who owns the infrastructure and our usage data? Does it produce private profit or public commons?

We do not ask these questions with the expectation of reaching a perfect or universally agreed-upon set of digital tools or rules. Tools by themselves do not guarantee ethical pedagogy, and we do not deny that tools not included here can be used in ethical ways. Rather, we seek to point out tools that can norms might become more easily within reach.

Who is we?

Ethical EdTech emerged out of a collaboration between Erin Glass (UCSD) and Nathan Schneider (CU Boulder). It is a project of CU Boulder's Media Enterprise Design Lab.

To see who else is taking part, browse the active user list here.

Further Reading

See our further resources for more.