November 29, 2020

Now Available From FAIFE: “Educational Technologies and Student Data – Briefing for Libraries”

New from FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression)/IFLA

The use of technology in education is growing, and a new class of technologies has emerged that relies on tracking and analysing vast amounts of student behavioural data to measure their activity, participation or wellbeing.

The position of libraries in educational ecosystems means that they may well, both directly and indirectly, come across these trends.

University and school libraries will be affected by the Edtech their institutions use. Both public and academic libraries can face pressure to use more performance tracking and learning analytics tools to benchmark their users’ progress and demonstrate performance.

It is worth libraries being conscious of the growing role of Edtech in the schools, colleges and universities that they serve. IFLA has produced this briefing to outline the key ethical and security concerns for libraries to consider, and suggest some ways for libraries to promote responsible and ethical use of Edtech.

Direct to Full Text Briefing Document
4 pages; PDF

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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