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Ethical EdTech is a collaborative wiki of software 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, made by and for higher-ed educators, for sharing tools and use-cases.  
 
Ethical EdTech is a collaborative wiki of software 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, made by and for higher-ed educators, for sharing tools and use-cases.  
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* reasons for the project:
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** growing concern about invasive student data collection practices (collecting sources to cite)
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** undesired social and pedagogical implications of commercial (non-libre) EdTech (collecting sources to cite)
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** to raise awareness and discussion around the significance of ethical issues in EdTech
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** to encourage educators and students to use ethical EdTech alternatives
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** to reveal higher education as an important site for resisting unethical trends in the broader IT industry
  
 
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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, for now at least.
 
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, for now at least.
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* defining "Ethical EdTech" as digital tools/practices that strive to:
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** provide students with greater control over their data and greater understanding of data collection practices
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** expose students to the principles and practices of libre software
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** foster more participatory, critical modes of relating to software in the classroom
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** teach students how to recreate ethical tech practices outside of the classroom
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* note: "Ethical EdTech" does not imply a perfect or universally-agreed upon set of digital tools and practices for classroom use. Instead, it denotes an approach to technological use in the classroom that values user freedom, privacy, and control and encourages the use of tools developed by non-profit, academic, or free software communities.

Revision as of 20:16, 31 January 2019

Ethical EdTech is a collaborative wiki of software 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, made by and for higher-ed educators, for sharing tools and use-cases.

  • reasons for the project:
    • growing concern about invasive student data collection practices (collecting sources to cite)
    • undesired social and pedagogical implications of commercial (non-libre) EdTech (collecting sources to cite)
    • to raise awareness and discussion around the significance of ethical issues in EdTech
    • to encourage educators and students to use ethical EdTech alternatives
    • to reveal higher education as an important site for resisting unethical trends in the broader IT industry

About us

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

Criteria for inclusion

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, for now at least.

  • defining "Ethical EdTech" as digital tools/practices that strive to:
    • provide students with greater control over their data and greater understanding of data collection practices
    • expose students to the principles and practices of libre software
    • foster more participatory, critical modes of relating to software in the classroom
    • teach students how to recreate ethical tech practices outside of the classroom
  • note: "Ethical EdTech" does not imply a perfect or universally-agreed upon set of digital tools and practices for classroom use. Instead, it denotes an approach to technological use in the classroom that values user freedom, privacy, and control and encourages the use of tools developed by non-profit, academic, or free software communities.