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March 16 @ 18:00 CET

Governing education technologies and data practices in education
Evidence gathering and multi-stakeholder involvement is needed to achieve consensus around governance, scrutiny, and oversight of the growing dependency of educational institutions on data-intensive proprietary algorithmic systems (education technologies). Much debate surrounds the risks of datafication, dataveillance and dehumanising the learning and teaching experience in schools in the “Global North” where digitisation of education was propelled further following the Covid-19 health pandemic. The fast digital transformation of education is also manifesting in the “Global South”. However, while there are opportunities for access to educational resources, connecting with others, and closing educational gaps, much concern surrounds the impact of these proprietary systems on children’s basic human right to education.

The governmental scrutiny and oversight of education technologies across the globe is fragmented, leaving policymakers to the reliance of technical experts and industry itself to guide the processes of adoption and integration, while educational institutions struggle to figure out how to choose, protect, and benefit from the plethora of technologies that come their way.

EDDS dedicates this panel to discuss how to govern and meaningfully introduce trusted, ethical and evidence-based quality EdTech products – a top-down, outside-in and bottom-up approach where not only educational institutions and policy makers are held to accountability, but the EdTech industry, too.

The session will follow a “Fishbowl” design where both panel members and audiences can respond to the given questions (or equally audience members can pose a question). The session will have two aims.

First, it will draw perspectives from all stakeholders and the audience on the benefits as well as the risks of digitised education and the integration of advancing data-intensive proprietary algorithmic systems. Voices will come from the teaching community, the EdTech industry, educational research expertise, policy makers, as well as the audience. [Moderator will pose prepared question is and take questions from the audience] And second, the session will discuss ways forward for governance and regulating the digital transformation of education with focus on national, cultural, and contextual values and needs as a point of departure to driving ethical EdTech practices that prioritise children’s basic human rights and best interests in education.
Audiences will be equal discussants in this session as their input and critical assessment will be elicited to ensure inclusivity, active participation, and multi-stakeholder voice.

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March 16
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